Welcome to the web site of the Hebron Historical Society. We are a non-profit corporation incorporated in May 1965 "to develop interest in, preserve, and promote Hebron history by every feasible means to as wide an audience as possible.”
Whether you are a first-time visitor or a regular user of the site, we hope you will enjoy learning more about Hebron’s long and colorful history and about the events and programs we will be sponsoring in the months ahead.
If you have items recollecting Hebron’s past, for which you hold an appreciation but no longer have the storage space, the Hebron Historical Society might well be interested in receiving them. We appreciate pictures of past events, school year memorabilia, historic clothing, old tools, whatever came from Hebron in years gone by. Just contact us on the menu tab above and we’ll talk!
By clicking on “Hebron History”, you’ll find dozens of stories about key events and distinguished citizens from Hebron’s past, as well as articles about Society-sponsored programs and projects from recent years.
Thank you for your interest in Hebron history. We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming meetings or programs. If you are interested in becoming a member, click on the “Memberships” tab above to get a printable application.
Old Hebron Cemetery Restoration
Old Hebron Cemetery Restoration
Led by Mary-Ellen Gonci, a group of loyal volunteers has been working to restore the Old Hebron Cemetery on Wall Street. Including a few photos, here is her report of the project:
“Hebron Historical Society’s efforts to restore gravestones in the old cemetery on Wall Street recently received help from town employees Jay Costa and Gordie Rathbun.
The two successfully reset the large stone for Obadiah Hosford. It had been flat on its face for many years. Hosford was a prominent citizen involved in Hebron’s early development. He was Captain of Hebron’s first military company and responsible for establishing this cemetery as Hebron’s burying ground. He died in 1741.
Hosford’s stone is the largest single stone in the cemetery. It was carved by Benjamin Collins, from Columbia, Connecticut. Collins’ stones were ornately carved and his faces more realistic. The inscription on Hosford’s stone is extensive and relates Hosford’s service to the town and his good standing as a citizen. The inscription was not deeply carved. It may be fortunate that the stone lay in the dirt for many years because the inscription is still legible.
Research into others buried here indicates many were farmers who had lived in many towns prior to settling in Hebron. Noadiah Dingwell was a stone cutter by trade. Royal T. Kollock and his wife were mutes. Royal, who was partially blind, taught at the American Asylum for the Deaf and Dumb in Hartford. Dwight Bliss was a farmer and carpenter, well respected by the community. George Gillet practiced land surveying 54 years. Solomon Huntington was “a kind husband, a tender father” as noted on his stone.
The death of a child is never easy, but we can identify with Noble Lord and his wife Betsy when 4 of their children died before their 4th birthdays. We can also identify with Roger Fuller who outlived 3 wives.
The cemetery is the final resting place for our war heroes. Corporal George Gillette, Alonzo Taylor, Captain Berry Phelps, and Lucius H. Jagger fought during the Civil War. Jagger was a member of the 1st Connecticut Light Battery and died in Beaufort, S.C.
Joshua Phelps Jr. was a member of the 12th Connecticut Infantry during the Revolutionary War.