Manchester History Center



Our offices are open Wednesday through Friday 10:00 to 2:00 and Saturday 12:00 noon to 4:00; located in the former Cheney Machine Shop, 175 Pine Street at the corner of Forest Street.

Our museum store sells local-history items such as books on local history, copies of vintage maps, Manchester Herald cookbooks, copies of high school yearbooks, vintage business directories, mugs, and limited-edition ceramic tree ornaments. Questions: 860-647-9983.

In 1999, the Manchester Historical Society purchased the former Cheney Brothers Machine Shop, a 40,000-square-foot building constructed in several phases beginning in 1895.

We have been rehabilitating this historic structure, adding a ramp, a new roof, and fixing the large windows (click Window Project for a reprinted article on that effort). The History Center contains our administrative offices and a museum store, and most events are also held in this unique building.

We continue to seek grants (and volunteers!) to improve and preserve the building. Our Loom Exhibit is on the lower level (Forest Street side) of the History Center.

The Manchester History Center is located at 175 Pine Street.


Our genealogy and history library is located in the History Center and is open the same hours. We have a collection of school yearbooks, including, for example, this 1958 Barnard School “Gateway” booklet.