Nan Wolverton, Director of the Center for Historical American Visual Culture at the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA is the featured speaker at the Woodstock Historical Society Annual Meeting. The gathering will take place at the East Woodstock Congregational Church, East Woodstock, CT on March 13, 2:00 p.m. Ms. Wolverton is known locally for her work as the curator of decorative arts at Old Sturbridge Village. The American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, one of the oldest historical societies in the country maintains vast holdings of significant historical material as well as art and decorative arts. While her talk will focus on the treasures of the Antiquarian Society, Ms. Wolverton brings wide-ranging experience to her topic. She was previously the director of the Northampton Historical Society and also served as a lecturer at Smith College. Consulting on the furnishings and restoration of the Emily Dickinson House in Amherst and advising on restoration of Herman Melville’s home, Arrowhead as well as on the Mashantucket Pequot Museum have been among recent and distinguished professional activities.The Woodstock Historical Society cordially invites both supporters of the Society and the community at large to attend what promises to be an engaging and informative afternoon.
The Town of Woodstock was originally settled in 1686 as New Roxbury by thirteen men (the Goers) from Roxbury, Massachusetts and became the first town in present day Windham County. Thirty families followed the Connecticut path west from Boston and settled in Wabbaquasset. The first homesteads were set up on Plaine Hill and the Westward Hill. Located on the conjunction of three Indian trails, the area was frequented by traders and was situated on the "great road from Hartford to Boston, and on the road from Providence to Albany." Woodstock has thrived since the early days and has played its part in history. The Commons served as assembly sites for troops during the American Revolution, The War of 1812, and the Civil War. Roseland Cottage hosted Presidential visits in the nineteenth century. Please visit the Woodstock Historical Society Welcome Center next time you are in town and learn more about the fascinating history of our early New England town.