Waterford Historical Society, Inc.

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Waterford Historical Society, Inc.



1740 Jordan Schoolhouse P.O.Box 117
Waterford, CT 06385

Located at 65 Rope Ferry Rd.
at the Historic Jordan Green.
Tours of the buildings and grounds:
July 1 to September 30
Wednesday through Friday 1:00 PM-4:00PM
Other times by appointment

1740 Jordan Schoolhouse

The 1740 Jordan Schoolhouse is the oldest surviving public building in Waterford.

The first mention of a schoolhouse in Jordan was recorded in describing the Manwaring land near the Jordan Baptist Church in 1737....''a plot of land with the Jordan Brook as its eastern boundary on which stands a schoolhouse''.

The schoolhouse features a gambrel roof, two rooms, a garret and two fireplaces. The granite steps at the front of the schoolhouse once were located at the West Neck Schoolhouse in the 1800's.Sometime in the mid-1800's the schoolhouse was converted to a private home for the widow Eliza Gallup and her three young children;hence the plastered walls and other more ''modern'' features.

The schoolhouse was moved to its present location in 1972.

The other buildings and grounds at the Green are:

JORDAN PARK HOUSE - Waterford's first library; now ''houses'' the historical society office and the Town's Historian.

BEEBE-PHILLIPS HOUSE - Built in 1838. Moved to the Green in 1974.

CORN CRIB - Moved to the site in 1982.

THE MARGARET W. STACY MEMORIAL BARN/MUSEUM - Houses an extensive collection of farm implements, equipment and artifacts from Waterford's past.

EDUCATION CENTER - The center is used for seminars and educational meetings.

BLACKSMITH SHOP - Houses a working forge and ''smithing tools''.

TERRY WILMOT GARDEN - At the front of the Beebe-Phillips House is a garden of flowers and herbs maintained by the Thames River Garden Club.

APPLE ORCHARDS - Many types of apple trees have been planted here.

WALKING BRIDGE - The design of the unique bridge is known as ''Queen'' Post.

Society Officers -2008-2009

Co-President:Kim Lehet
Co-President:Kenneth Sargent
Corres. Secretary: Kim Lehet
Record. Secretary: Marianne Baez
Treasurer: Kenneth Sargent
Newsletter Editor/Mailing: Sally Sargent & Ken Sargent
Genealogist: Marilyn Davis

Membership: Sally Sargent
Program: Shared
Education: Jerry Theiler
Buildings, Grounds & Restoration: Ralph Madara,Kenneth Sargent
Smithy: Ralph N. Madara
Hospitality: Marianne Baez
Ways & Means:Eleanor Mather,Jan Theiler

Curator:Jerry Theiler,Sally Sargent
Publicity: Sally Sargent,Jim Fetrow
Photographer/Video: Herb Schact
Historic Buildings: Eathel McDowell

Ex Officio Member-Town of Waterford:First Selectman Daniel Steward
Recreation & Parks Liaison: William J. Whelan,Jr.
Municipal Historian Robert M. Nye
Computer & Electrical: Frederic Carlough


Individual............$ 15.00

Family................$ 20.00



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The Waterford Historical Society, Inc.
P.O.Box 117
Waterford, CT 06385-0117

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