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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


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Upcoming Event - Jordan Freeman: The Fight to Set a People Free with Kevin Johnson. For details and registration info, please see below.  April 17th at 6:30pm

Join us at the Torrington Historical Society for Jordan Freeman: The Fight to Set a People Free. Jordan Freeman, a native of Old Lyme, was an African American servant of John Ledyard and the body servant of Col. William Ledyard in the Revolutionary War. Although he did not enlist, he witnessed key events in the war for independence. Kevin Johnson is a Torrington resident and employee of the State Library’s History and Genealogy Unit. His presentation is based on extensive research in the collections of the Connecticut State Library and the Museum of Connecticut History in Hartford. This event is sponsored by Torrington Savings Bank. 

Jordan Freeman – The Fight to Set a People Free


Upcoming Events

History Education Center Community Forum Follow-Up

We wish to thank all who attended the Community Forum on March 25th either in person or by zoom. For all attendees: there is an online questionnaire below. We need responses from the public so please send us your thoughts and opinions about the proposed History Education Center as soon as possible.

If you would rather print the questionnaire, you can download it here.

If you were unable to attend the forum, a copy of the recording will be available shortly on our History Education Center page.