About Wallingford Historical Society

The Wallingford Historical Society is a 501 (c) 3 corporation, founded in 1977, a not-for-profit, membership supported, organization that exists to collect, preserve, and interpret Wallingford’s history for present and future generations. According to I.R.S. guidelines, contributions over the value of goods and services are tax deductible.

The general membership meetings are held monthly May through October and are open to the public. After a brief business meeting, a program of local interest is presented followed by complimentary refreshments.
Society Mailing Address:
Wallingford Historical Society
c/o Joyce Barbieri
75 School Street
Wallingford, VT 05773
(802) 446-2336



25 responses to “About Wallingford Historical Society

  1. Christine Bannerman

    great job on this blog/web page… I am not exactly sure what to call it oops!
    I will say we don’t always have a meeting prior to our programs although we did talk about this today. We will at least keep people up on what is going on and when we will actually have a meeting. Also I would answer any questions prior to our program.
    As far as refreshments go we haven’t had them of late but we will for sure at the coffee house…

    Thank you for this great work Tammy!

  2. Brian Reeve

    I have a small trophy supplied by Paynes of Wallingford. The badge is difficult to decipher, but is something like”Wallingford Siotligom Communerde” I lived in The Swan in Cholsey some 40 yrs ago, and may have found it there . Can you shed any light on it? Regards Brian Reeve

  3. Barbara Vugteveen

    I am trying to locate records from the 1800s on Simpson Hall Miller & co, specifically sales/sample catalogues, sales receipts and photos or etchings of their wares.
    Are you able to point me in the right direction?
    Thank you

  4. Dear Ms. Bannerman:

    I am a resident of Wallingford and President of Co. F, 14th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, a Civil War reenacting group. A few years ago I presnted a program at one of your meetings on Joseph Pierce, a Chinese soldier from Meriden, CT, who fought with Co. F. Our webpage is http://www.cof14thcvi.com if you would like information about our organization.
    2011 marks the commemoration of the Civil War that will last over the course of the next 4 years. If the society is interested in scheduling a Civil War living history event with both military and civilians, we are available. I will be pleased to add the historical society to our newsletter mailing list if you will send me an e-mail address for the society. Thank you.

  5. Holly

    I am looking for information on Moses Yale Beach’s second wife, Julia Ann Kelly. I am researching a Edward Beach Gallaher, Norwalk, CT and Julia Ann was his grandmother. Julia Ann and Moses Yale Beach had 2 children, George Washington and Julia Ann Beach(Ed’s mom). I noticed that Moses Yale is buried at the Center Street Cemetery next to Nancy Day, his first wife. Where is Julia his second wife. Any information would be appreciated. Thank you, Holly Cuzzone

  6. Hello,
    I am looking for information on a house we bought on Durham hill rd. I can find everyone on this street from the 1940 census but there is no way to know who lived in the house. Can someone contact me or point me in the right direction.


    • tammyheff

      Stephen, I have forwarded your inquiry to our president who also does the research. You should hear from her. Good luck in your search. Tammy

  7. Richard`Workman

    Hello… I spent many weekends and holidays in the late ’60’s visiting the home of my Aunt & Uncle Finley J. and Helen B. Shepard… both of whom have long since passed away. I have recently been reminded of stories he had told of someone owning an electric car in Wallingford in the 1930-40’s. I can’t remember if it was a vehicle he had owned or if he was referring to someone else in Wallingford owning one. I was hoping that someone with your historical society might recall whom it was that owned the car.
    Thank you.

  8. sue meany

    I would be interested to know if you have any books about the town of Wallingford

  9. I am looking for some genealogy information on Alfred Hull who was I believe was born in the Wallingford/Rutland area in 1794. Please let me know how I can get this information. Thank you!

  10. Nathan Bartholomew

    I’ve been on the hunt for a copy of “Baker Genealogy” by James W. Reed, who was the chairman of the “Baker Board,” which was based in Wallingford. If anyone has any information on where to obtain a copy or could illuminate the mystery of the “Baker Board,” it would be greatly appreciated.

  11. Hallie

    My grandparents managed the True Temperance Inn in the 1920s-30s.

  12. Richard Faymonville

    My grandfather was a doctor at the CCC West River Forest Camp No. 2134 in East Wallingford, VT. We found an old group photo of all the members of the camp, but it is in serious need of restoration. Do you know where I could go to find out more information about this camp and if there is possibly a photo archive where I could purchase a copy of the image?

  13. Hi. I am from Wallingford, Oxfordshire in the UK and was lucky enough to visit your town in the 90’s. I noticed a number of Wilder’s gravestones in the town cemetery. Wilders were a large family in my Wallingford too and I wanted to know if there was a connection between the towns and the families?

  14. sonya wulff

    My name is Sonya Wulff and I live at 14 Oxford Trail, in Wallingford (CT). The house is a log cabin on Spring Lake built in 1937 and we were hoping to get some historical backround on it. I know some recent history (which was very sad), and was hoping to get some information on the builder (I heard a rumour that he was a dentist, with the last name of “Chase”, who
    snow-shoed into town in the winter to work, when this was the only house in the area…but that was hearsay from a neighbor).
    Any help would be appreciated!
    Sonya Wulff

    • sonya wulff

      I believe I googled the Wallingford, VT Historical Society by mistake!
      Interesting to learn that your town in VT, was named for our town, here in CT.

  15. Anne Pace

    I have wanted to attend a meeting for the longest time, and I just discovered that your meetings are seasonal. How might I be able to get in touch with you regarding questions I have about my home in East Wallingford, and photos I’d like to share that appear to be from the 30’s-50’s as well as some old postcards & items. I also have a DVD of a film combining railroad photos and a myriad of old photos of E. Wallingford.

  16. Hello,
    My name is Bryan Lamkin and I am a professor of American history at Azusa Pacific University in southern California. I will be taking the opportunity to tour New England and do some genealogy research a week prior to a conference I have in Vermont. One of my ancestors, Deborah
    Newcomb (1702-1749), who married Thomas Lamkin (1694-1750), apparently died in Wallingford. Since our time is limited, I’m wondering if there are any “footprints” of Deborah in or around Wallingford, or if I would merely be seeing the town/area in which she lived. Although we would love to see the area, we also, unfortunately, must prioritize.

    Thanks so much.

  17. Ed Stalling

    My mother Barbara Shufelt was born in Wallingford in 1933. I care for her now and have been going through photos from around then and some are Elfin Lake, a great long dock with an amazing diving structure on it. Let me know if you want a copy.

    Regards, Ed Stalling


    I have scanned a copy of Wallingford Manufacturing Company’s Catalog H from 1904-1910 at: https://archive.org/details/WallingfordSteelGoodsCatalogH
    You are welcome to make use of it.

  19. Kris Lushinks Desroches

    My grandmother grew up in Wallingford and left the family with a box of old pictures from weddings, schools, Holy Trinity School. People and places in Wallingford history. We would like to donate these pictures rather than throw out someone’s family. Do you except these items and if so when is a good time to drop these things off?

    • tammyheff

      Thank you. You can drop them off at the Wallingford Town Hall/Historical Society Museum any time during town office hours.

  20. Diana Scott

    I work for a company that accepts donations. In a box of silver we received were two candle stick holders that are engraved Isaac Bradley Munson – Emeline Maria Hall September 9th 1803. I did some research and found they were married on that day and lived in Wallingford. Would like to try to find descendants. Could you be of some help? Thanks for your time.

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