Venture Crew 1762

Sponsored by the Derby Historical Society and the Housatonic Council, BSA,  Crew 1762 is a Venture Program open to any male or female, ages 14 to 20, that is interested in the Lower Naugatuck Valley's history, and supporting the Derby Historical Society and its programs.

Organized in 2005, the Crew has gone on numerous local and regional trips. In April, 2007 thanks to a Grant from the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven, we visited  Yorktown, Jamestown, and Williamsburg, Virginia:


Many of them also enjoy participating in historical reenactment at special events hosted by the Derby Historical Society. We also participate in fun activities relating to local history as well!

New members are welcome! Please call the Office of the David Humphreys House at (203) 735-1908, or e-mail us at for an application! Below are some examples of what we do:

We assist the Derby Historical Society at special events, like the dedication of the David Humphreys portrait to the left, or when we helped plant a dogwood tree on Good Friday, 2006, in honor of Lorraine Axon on the right.

(Left, Right, and Below)

Many of our members played important roles in the Legends by Lantern tour in October 2006



In December 2006, we spent the day going to historical sites in the area, that were "off the beaten path". The first stop (left) was to a farm in Naugatuck, where a stone marks the ancient boundary between Paugassett (Derby) and Mattatuck (Waterbury).

Later, we hiked into the woods at the Ansonia Nature Center, and found the last settlement of the Paugassett Native American tribe (right).

That evening, we checked  out Charles Seccombe's collection of artifacts relating to Ansonia and the rest of the Valley (left).

After a nighttime visit inside Sterling Opera House, we spent the night at the David Humphreys House. The next morning, (right) we prepared a true "open hearth" breakfast!