Colonel Eliphalet Dyer

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. Eliphalet was born in Windham and attended Yale where he graduated in 1740. He read for the law and was admitted to the bar in […]

Jedediah Elderkin

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 […]

The Museum Collection


A selection of photos and historical artifacts from our collection in our Museum, located in the Jillson House om Main Street in Willimantic 

Willimantic’s Jillson Family


The Jillson family played an important role in the industrial development that led to the formation of the borough of Willimantic (1833) in the ancient colonial Connecticut town of Windham. In 1822, Perez O. Richmond (1786-1838) became the first entrepreneur to utilize the fast running water of the Willimantic River to spin cotton thread. He […]

The Battle of the Frogs

The time was 1754. About a thousand settlers inhabited the village of Windham on the Connecticut frontier. The local people lived in constant fear of the French and the Indians. Colonel Eliphalet Dyer had been recruiting men from the village to form a regiment to fight them. Rumors of massacre and bloodshed were constantly being […]

Open House for Veterans

The Jillson House Museum presented an open house for our veterans.  There were military items on exhibit, and military flags for each branch of the military.

RMS Titanic Exhibit

Eldridge Titanic

The Windham Historical Society presented former Willimantic Mayor Ernest Eldridge’s Live RMS Titanic Exhibit. Guests were privy to a collection of artifacts pertaining to and from the actual vessel, RMS Titanic, the infamous passenger liner once billed “unsinkable” which struck an iceberg and sank on her maiden voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in 1912.  There was […]

Alice on The Lawn

Alice on the lawn

The Windham Historical Society and Willimantic Victorian Neighborhood Association co-sponsored a lively picnic on the town green at Jillson Square in honor of Charles Dodgson’s lifetime of service to children’s entertainment.  The event was free, and include Steampunk vendors, family photo board featuring the Mad Hatter and other tea party guests, magician Peter Haddad, a […]

325th Multi-Era Muster


May 13, 2017 the Windham Historical Society/Jillson House Museum’s 325th Multi-Era Muster.

Walter W. Woodward, Connecticut State Historian

Walter W. Woodward

State Historian Walter W. Woodward spoke at the Jillson House Museum. He is the fifth person to hold the position of State Historian, which was created in the 1930s in preparation for Connecticut’s 300th anniversary. Prof. Woodward is a scholar of Early American and Atlantic World history, with an emphasis on Connecticut and New England. His research […]