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Research services for genealogists, students and scholars make the collection, archives, library, historic house and Memento Mori cemetery available for study.

The Farmington Slavery Research Project

This ongoing volunteer-staffed project focuses on documenting captive people in 17th-19th- century Farmington. Volunteers are welcome to join the project at any time: contact Andy Verzosa at [email protected]. Track the project's progress, do your own research, and share your findings on the project's website.

Digital Farmington

We are pleased to present the Digital Farmington Blog and Map, an online exhibit. This blog highlights short vigniettes of Farmington History written by members of the community and students of the History Department at Central Connecticut State University. The companion to the blog is an interactive map of Farmington. The map can be filtered by time and topic.

Researchers welcome!

Researchers are welcome to visit Stanley-Whitman House to study the rich collection of material related to 17th- early 19th-century Farmington and New England. A sampling of materials available:
   ~ An inventory of headstones in Memento Mori, Farmington’s ancient cemetery
   ~ A collection of late Victorian photographs of Farmington by Karl Klauser
    ~ The tool collection of Judah Woodruff, mid to late 18th-century housewright
    ~ Connecticut River Valley furniture, ca. 1690-1790

In addition to primary resources, the museum maintains the Dr. Kenneth G. Johnson Research Library of books, periodicals, and exhibit catalogs related to Colonial history and material culture. Visitors are encouraged to use the library for research and for browsing and reading. The library is open during the museum’s public hours.

Please contact the museum for specific information about the collection and to schedule an appointment to study the collection and the archives. Appointments can be scheduled during the museum’s public hours.