Here is a small sample of some of the items in our collection at the Thomas Darling House.
Unfortunately our archives are not open to the public at this time. We hope to have information posted soon when we complete our long term organization project.
The Pantry shelves, showing a charger, a batter jug, a demi-john, and an explosive, 19th century fire extinguisher.
This is one of the many documents relating to early schools in Woodbridge. This one from 1796, is talking about the “Sperry Farm” School District. When you say “the Sperry Farm” in Woodbridge, you are talking about the area (not the house) that Richard Sperry lived in when he harbored and helped two of the three Judges (Goffe and Whalley) in the 1660’s. There were several houses on the site (in the flats between Litchfield turnpike and Amity Road).
Post Civil War regalia. After the war, veterans formed Associations, so they could maintain friendships and help “remember”.
The cooking fireplace where generations opened that iron door and baked in the beehive oven. Or hung a pot on that saw tooth trammel. Most of the cooking utensils are original to that hearth. They were rediscovered during the restoration of the Darling House. When this great fireplace was no longer needed it was boarded up, and remained so until about 1973 when it was reopened. Imagine their surprise… When the furnace was put in many years ago, they used the area of this oven to install the furnace flue. We have decided to remove and re-route the furnace flue and rebuild the beehive! Look for hearth baked bread and pies from the rebuilt oven sometime next year!
The horse barn, showing some of the farm tools on display. The saw pictured here was used to cut ice, and was found in the basement of a 1795 house down the street from the Darling House.
Booties – In our children’s room collection