David Humphreys House -  Home of Derby Historical Society

Derby Historical Society
“Celebrating a Proud Past and a Promising Future”

Founded April 18, 1946, to serve the Naugatuck Valley towns of Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour, & Shelton

Office: Sarah Riggs Humphreys House (gray house behind the Humphreys House)
37 Elm Street Ansonia, CT 06401
Telephone: (203)735-1908
General questions & research inquiries
: info@derbyhistorical.org

Office & Research Library Hours:
September thru June 27th: Monday - Friday, 1pm - 4pm
Summer Hours (June 30th - Labor Day): Monday - Friday 9am - 12pm

We will be closed on July 4th -- Enjoy your Holiday!!


 Tours of the Humphreys House - BY APPOINTMENT ONLY unless otherwise noted
$5: adults
$3: seniors & students
Free: children under 8

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Ansonia is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year! Study up on your knowledge of Ansonia history with the following links:

The Birth and Naming of Ansonia in the 1840s

The Creation of the City of Ansonia and today's Valley in 1888-1889

Other Ansonia links collected on DHS.org

Upcoming Events

24th Annual DHS Silver Tea (featuring Deborah Samson Gannett) - Monday, July 14th

Please join us for our 24th Annual Silver Tea on Monday, July 14th, from 2:00 – 4:30 pm, at Molto Bene (formerly JJ Sullivan’s), 557 Wakelee Avenue, Ansonia, CT. Our guest speaker will be Deborah Samson Gannett, presenting A Revolution of Her Own, performed by Judith Kalaora. Deborah, the first woman to enlist in, fight in and to be honorably discharged from the American Military, captivates audiences. Judith brings her to life, through interactive story-telling and authentic attire. Let her passion take you back in time! Refreshments will be served. Raffle and door prizes are available. Cost is $25 per person. Please call (203) 735-1908 or (203) 676-0324 for tickets or more information.

Sharing Upcoming Event for Ansonia 125th: The Great Base Ball Rematch

In honor of Ansonia’s 125th birthday, an open request is going out for ballplayers interested in representing two 19th century baseball teams – the Ansonia Coppermen and the Derby Osbornedales. The clubs will compete in a Winner-Take-All vintage baseball game, set in 1889, as part of a planned Ansonia 125th Anniversary SummerFest on Saturday, July 19 (rain date Sunday July 20) at Nolan Field. The event will also include BBQ food vendors, evening concert and fireworks. More details can be found on the Summerfest page on Facebook.

Sharing Upcoming Event for Wolcott Historical Society: Garden Tour

The Wolcott Historical Society is presenting a tour of 5 gardens on Saturday, July 12 (rain date Sunday, July 13). See their flyer for more details.

The Hulls Of Derby: Different Trajectories In War Of 1812:


Sunday Tours of the David Humphreys House:   1 pm to 4 pm  - dates available on calendar page
Tour the birthplace of David Humphreys, Revolutionary War officer, friend of George Washington and later our nation's first ambassador. Looking for the perfect gift for an out-of-town visitor, teacher or colleague? Peruse our gift shop stocked with local books, prints, and toys from a time long ago. Cost: $5/adults, $3/senior & children 8-16, FREE/children under 8.  Please stop in for a visit!!

Recent Events and News

DHS at the Memorial Day Parades:


Sharing upcoming events for David Loda, the DHS designated Col. David Humphreys

David Humphreys will be represented in the Wethersfield Memorial Day parade and the Deane Webb museum reenactment battle.  See links below 



Dave Loda promoting LTC David Humphreys, Derby Historical Society and the Dean Webb Museum encampment in Olde Wethersfield on Channel 3:

DHS Annual Meeting, March 9, 2014

The Derby Historical Society had our Annual Meeting on Sunday, March 9th at 2 pm at the First Congregational Church, 137 Derby Avenue, Derby.  The meeting began with a brief business portion to elect our new Officers and Board of Directors, and the presentation of the David Humphreys Service Award.

Society Board Member, Elaine Brandon, presented a copy of a new book, “Anson’s Glory:  Ansonia and Phelps-Dodge” written by her Aunt Elizabeth Crossland Matricaria, to The Society.  Elizabeth wrote two books over the last ten years.  Her goal was to let her children know where she grew up in Ansonia.  This book is available for purchase at www.trafford.com

William E. Purcell, President of the Valley Chamber of Commerce, was our guest speaker. William gave a brief presentation regarding the proposed “Naugatuck River Valley National Heritage Area”. After this, a short film & power point presentation showcasing the Naugatuck River Valley and sights in the 14 towns was shown by Marian O’Keefe, on behalf of Healthy Valley.   Refreshments were served at the conclusion of the program.  Membership renewals can be sent to Derby Historical Society, 37 Elm Street, Ansonia, CT  06401.  Thanks for your support!!

Older news and events have been moved to the DHS Archived News And Events page

Visit the Humphreys House Gift Shop!

Click here for details

We are selling American Girl-sized clothes (hand-made locally) from all eras!

This website began in 1998 as part of the Electronic Valley Project, linking the towns of the Lower Naugatuck Valley to the World.
Initial funding was provided by the SNET Museums for the Millennium Project.

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Updated June 3, 2014

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