Welcome to the historic town of Windham!

Discover, collect and preserve the history of the Town of Windham

The Windham Historical Society endeavors to discover, collect and preserve the history of the Town of Windham. It is headquartered in the circa 1824 Jillson House, which was built from gneiss granite,  quarried from the nearby Willimantic River. The same material was used to construct many of Willimantic’s nineteenth century mills.

CT Summer Museum Program

Admission is FREE this summer to kids!

Join us every Saturday from noon-4:00 PM for our
Colonial American Tasks & Crafts

Each week will demonstrate and teach guests how to do some of the most important tasks during the 17th and 18th centuries like: Making soap, ice cream, hone, jam, butter, candles as well as quilting, embroidery, cooking with herbs, and tye dyeing.  So bring your kids and learn a little history while having fun!

For more information please call 860-428-7739.

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325th Multi-Era Muster in Willimantic

The Windham Historical Society and Jillson House Museum held the first annual multi-era muster to help celebrate the 325th anniversary of the town of Windham, CT.

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Music of the Civil War

Music Historian Rick Spencer and Dawn Indermuehle present music of the Civil War at Dugan Hall.

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The Jillson House

The Windham Historical Society looks forward to the future!

Notable Windham Residents

Jedediah Elderkin

Jedediah Elderkin was born in Norwich, Connecticut in 1717. The second child and eldest son of John Elderkin III and Susannah Baker. He was raised and later married in Norwich before relocating to the Town of Windam, Connecticut. His wife Anne Wood was born in 1721 and they married on 31 August 1741. Together they raised 8 children. (There was also an infant son that was lost.)

Colonel Eliphalet Dyer

Eliphalet Dyer (September 14, 1721 – May 13, 1807) was a lawyer, jurist, and statesman from Windham, Connecticut. He was a delegate for Connecticut to many sessions of the Continental Congress.