Local history adds to memories for Thanksgiving visitors

In History on November 15, 2015 at 1:25 pm

Thanksgiving is a time of traditions and memories.

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Chester Historical Society president Skip Hubbard says, “This year will be the fifth year our Chester Museum at The Mill has been open over Thanksgiving and it’s become a popular thing to do. We expect to welcome another 50-60 people again this year to our museum.  Essex and Deep River opened their historic homes over the holiday for the first time last year and I know they were surprised by the number of people who came to their doors.  Some people even visited more than one of the three sites. The combination of free admission, rekindling memories and learning more about the local area can be hard to resist. And it’s such a welcome alternative to dealing with crowds at the malls!”

The Chester Museum at The Mill, at 9 West Main Street in Chester, will be open on Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 27 and Nov. 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s “Pastimes in Past Times: Chester at Play” exhibit focuses on the ways Chester families spent their leisure time in the “old days.” second grade playing checkers june 2015

You can even sit down and enjoy a game of Tiddly Winks and checkers or play the Jaw Harp. It makes no difference where you grew up or when, everything about the exhibit stirs your memories of pastimes you or your family enjoyed and reminds you of what you’d like to pass down to the next generation.

While you’re at the Museum, take a look at the town’s horse trough from the early 1900s. It was just moved to the Museum’s property from the center of town, prior to the demolition of the Main Street Bridge. Trough from Main Street, now in its new home at the Chester Museum

For more information, visit And while you’re exploring history, both the Stone House in the center of Deep River, home to the Deep River Historical Society, and the Pratt House in Essex, home to the Essex Historical Society, will be open for your post-Thanksgiving visits.









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