About Us

The Middlesex County Historical Society is currently seeking volunteer docents so that we are able to resume being open and giving tours on Saturdays. If you are interested in becoming a docent, please contact Maria Weinberger at mchs@wesleyan.edu.

Founded in 1901, the Middlesex County Historical Society is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of Middletown and Middlesex County, and providing programs for adults and children to increase their understanding of the area’s past.  Museum exhibits, walking tours, re-enactments, and a lecture series are among its many annual events.


The Historical Society is headquartered at General Mansfield House, one of the few residential structures still standing on Middletown’s Main Street. Once the home of General Joseph K.F. Mansfield, a Civil War hero who died at the battle of Antietam in 1862, the Federal brick mansion has been the home of the Historical Society since 1959.

At the museum at General Mansfield House, visitors can explore the community’s past through major exhibits, which showcase artifacts from the Historical Society’s permanent collection. Recent exhibits have examined artifacts from World War I, Middletown’s 19th century women’s clothing, varied immigrant groups; the rise and fall of manufacturing in Middlesex County; and death and dying from colonial times to the present. A Vanished Port, our current exhibition, explores Middletown’s history as a colonial port.


6 thoughts on “About Us

  1. In cleaning out my mother’s estate I found 40 plus very old post cards of Middletown CT. Do you know anyone that would be interested in them?


    • Good afternoon, Gary – I’m sorry it has taken us a while to respond; however, we now have a new Executive Director who just started on February 1st. First, please accept our condolences on the loss of your Mother. We are glad you’ve reached out to us, and of course we’d be interested in learning more about postcards from your Mom’s estate. Is there any way we’d be able to view those in order to determine if we may already have duplicate copies? The simplest way to contact us is via our email at mchs@wesleyan.edu
      Thank you very much! Maria Weinberger, Executive Director


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