The Cornwall Historical Society is closing for the season on Sunday, October 6, 2019. It will reopen in June of 2020. If you have not been to CHS recently, please take time to come in and view our exhibits.

The Cornwall Historical Society will be open on Saturdays from 10:00 – 4:00 and Sundays from 1:00 – 4:00. The Society is not open to the public Monday – Friday, but staff and volunteers are on-site. To schedule an appointment with the Society for research or other purposes, please contact (860) 672-0505, or email us at

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CORNWALL: A Sampling of Our Heritage

To some, the town of Cornwall tucked away in the Litchfield Hills in the extreme northwestern corner of Connecticut, evokes the image of New England Sleepy Hollow. But a deeper look at the history of this seemingly isolated town reveals its intimate and intricate interaction with the wider trends of the state, the nation, and indeed the world. Explore a sampling of our history in pictures.


BLOWN AWAY: Remembering the Tornado of 1989

July 10, 2019, marks the 30th anniversary of the 1989 tornado, one of the most powerful tornados recorded in state history. The violent storm touched down in late afternoon and tore through portions of Litchfield and New Haven counties. The storm cut a 60-mile swath of destruction from its origin point around Utica, New York, to its final location near Branford, Connecticut. Cornwall survived the storm, but its aftermath remains in Cathedral Pines Preserve. BLOWN AWAY features an installation by Paper Buck, a Masters of Fine Art student at Carnegie Mellon University.

See Paper Buck’s article, “Cathedral of the Future” in the September issue of the Cornwall Chronicle here.