The Voluntown Historical Society

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The Voluntown Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a better understanding of Voluntown’s unique heritage by education, preservation, and sharing our resources with the community, and establishing its relevance to the development of our country.
The Voluntown Historical Society meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the Voluntown Towl Hall, at 7pm EST.  No meetings will be held in July or August.

Please join us!
Anyone insterested in joining our cause is welcome to attend our meetings and meet our fantastic members.  We request that members pay an annual fee of $10 per year, due in June.

Please join us on Wednesday, November 15th for a special meeting at the Tamarack Lodge in Voluntown.  Our regular business meeting will begin at 6:00 pm. 

A light fall dinner of chili, cornbread and salad for those who've purchased prepaid tickets will be served at 6:30 pm. Coffee and baked goodies will be provided at no charge for all of those in attendance after the dinner.

At 7:00, we will be having a very special program, "New England's Other Witch Hunt" presented by CT State Historian William Woodward, Ph.D.

We will also be raffling off several items and have cookbooks and various VHS items available for purchase. 




President - Jen Panko
Vice President - Julie Soto
Secretary - Beth Taylor,
Treasurer - Mary Anne Nieminen

Voluntown History

Voluntown history begins around 1696.  Pris froor to that time this part of Eastern Connecticut was primarily inhabited by various tribes of Indians who waged wars among themselves and with colonists from Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.  Pequots, Narragansetts, Mohegans, Wampanoags, Nipmunks and Pokanoets all played part in the early history.

King Philip's War (1675-1676) ended with the death of King Philip (Indian name Metacom, second son of Massasoit, sachem of several tribes) on August 12, 1676.  After the war, the Mohegans and Quinebaugs laid claim to the Voluntown area until 1705.

In 1643, the New England Confederation, a loose union to settly border disputes, was formed by Connecticut, New Haven, Plymouth and the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

In 1696, Lt. Thomas Leffingwell of Norwich and Sgt. John Frink of Stonington had petitioned agains the Assembly of New Haven for a Plantation for settlers who had found against the Indians.  Subsequently, although it took 9 years, a six mile square 160 lot plantation was granted - called Volunteer Town.  Disputes over boundaries occured for the next 16 years.  Swamps, rocks and poor soil made the area not very attractive.  Finally in 1721 Voluntown was incorporated.