Important Announcement
The May meeting will be  Wednesday, May 16th, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at the Sterling Grange on Ekonk Hill Road.

PLEASE NOTE the earlier time and the location.

This meeting is important for several reasons.
Current members (those who have paid dues from May 2017 to the present) will;
-elect VHS officers for a two-year term
-vote on a proposed dues increase for regular members to $20 per Society year, and
-vote on a major revision to VHS by-laws proposed by the current Executive Board .

The proposed by-law changes can be downloaded from this website in PDF format here.

Draft by-laws

The Voluntown Historical Society

About Us


Join Us

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 7pm EST.  

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.



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.