​Rocky Hill Historical Society

Academy Hall Museum 785 Old Main Street Rocky Hill, CT 06067​        

Protecting, Promoting, and Preserving the History of Rocky Hill, CT 

snail mail: P.O. Box 185

​​​phone: (860) 563-6704

   Nonprofit 501 (C) (3)

On June 3, 2012, Dividend Pond Trails & Archaelogical District was officially opened to the public. Dividend Pond Trails is a "nature park" with walking/hiking trails, two large ponds, and a triple dip waterfalls. Dividend Park as it is called, was the site of Rocky Hill's water-powered industrial area in the late 18th and early 18th century.  

One step into the park and you will be transported from suburbia to into a forest rich in history and filled with the beautiful sounds of nature. If you love the great outdoors, you will not be disappointed when you visit Dividend Pond Trails, in the southeast corner of Rocky Hill, CT.

March 2020, Governor Lamont shut down business in CT due to Covid-19. This video is a 5 minute tour of Academy Hall for CT Open House Day.

Historic Videos of Rocky Hill, CT!

Rocky Hill Remembered Vol. 3  by Mike Martino

Bulkley Park is a 25 acre wooded hilly park in Rocky Hill nestled along the CT river.

Rocky Hill Remembered Vol. 1   by Mike Martino

Eli Rodman, Civil War, Center Cemetery Video 2017

Bulkley Park  July 23, 2013

Save Our Ferries   by Ed Chiucarello 

Center Cemetery Slide Show by the Rocky Hill Historical Society at Cora J. Belden Library Friday, March 26, 1993

In the summer of 2011 the CT River Ferries at Rocky Hill-Glastonbury and Chester-Hadlyme were threatened by Governor Malloy's budget cuts. Citizen groups were formed up and down the river to Save the Ferries. 

Rocky Hill Women in the Armed Forces in WWII Recorded March 10, 2002

by Ed Chiucarello 

July 13, 2012   by Maria Hagan

Rocky Hill Remembered Vol. 2  by Mike Martino

Alewifes Fishing 1930- Arthur Hale family fishing for alewifes on the Glastonbury side of the river.

Academy Hall Tour        June 2020         by Ed Chiucarello

Serving Those Who Served  Rocky Hill Veterans Hospital 1989

Air War in Europe 1 of 2  Rocky Hill men who served in the Air Corps in Europe.

    Rocky Hill Land Assests Historic Ground
Mar 4, 2012
by Ed Chiucarello
This video shows a satellite picture, a sign and a scenic view of each land asset in Rocky Hill CT. Dinosaur State Park and Quarry Park are both owned by the State of CT.

Shad Fishing, Essex, CT

Academy Hall Museum, Rocky Hill

The sound skips occasionally, perhaps due to the age of the tape from which it is copied. There is section on ships which shows huge, three-masted ships which could never have navigated the Connecticut river. This tape was made in 1991. There are some interesting artifacts shown.  

Air War in Europe 2 of 2   Rocky Hill men who served in the Air Corps in Europe.

Dividend Pond Trails & Archaelogical District

Memories of Rocky Hill by Ruth Brooks, Written by Ruth Brooks (1908-1990) and read by Rae Ryan with slides by Dudley Cooke, Rocky Hill Historical Society meeting April 7, 1992, Cora Belden Library.

This is a treasure; an incredible insight into Rocky Hill in the early 20th century. Ruth’s memories are crisp & accurate. They jibe with other sources.

Some of the older history needs fact checking Phillip Goffe, not William Goffe built the Goffe House.