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and share Torrington's history

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and share Torrington's history

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Visit • Discover • Learn

Located in three historic buildings in downtown Torrington, the Torrington Historical Society is home to the Torrington History Museum, the Hotchkiss-Fyler House Museum and the John H. Thompson Library & Archive. The Society also owns the West Torrington site where noted abolitionist John Brown was born. 

We invite you to discover the history of Torrington by touring our exhibits and house museum, attending programs and events, using our research library or visiting the John Brown Birthplace. All are welcome.

History Museum


Hotchkiss-Fyler House
Guided Tours


The John H. Thompson
Library & Archive


Jazz In the Garden, Summer Concert Series with Kris Jensen's Jazz Allstars with vocalist Linda Ransom Saturday August 10th 6:30 p.m.


Torrington Historical Society’s popular Jazz in the Garden series welcomes the Kris Jensen Jazz All Stars, featuring renowned saxophonist Kris Jensen and vocalist Linda Ransom with Doug Schlink on piano, Morris Trent on Bass and Jocelyn Pleasant on drums. The Jazz All Stars will present an evening of music drawing on the great American Songbook ranging from swing standards to blues, soul and pop classics. 

Please bring your lawn chairs, blanket and refreshments and enjoy a great night of music! In case of inclement weather, please check our website the day of the program for updates on location. 

Tickets are available on Eventbrite. See you soon!



Come visit the Hotchkiss Flyer Gardens – they are gorgeous and free to all!!


August 24 join us for “It’s My Time Now” which proudly presents women and men expressing their confidence, courage, talent and language using the art of drumming, songs and storytelling.


Eight women drummers

Soulful Sounds by Suzanne Whitney

Angaza Mwando and drummers

Storytelling by Effie Mwando of Our Culture is Beautiful


Book your seats early for our Fall programming! From Connecticut’s Early Mills to Life in the Nocturnal City to Mascots of the Civil War, there is something for everyone.

Fall Programs

Our 2024 Adult Educational Programs are sponsored by Torrington Savings Bank. Thank you!



Upcoming Events

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History Education Center Community Forum

Watch • Learn • Share

The link below will bring you to our History Education Center web page. Here you can learn more about this transformational project, watch a video presentation from the community forum, and access an online form to share your thoughts and ideas with us.