The Champion Story
General George Washington and The Champion Family of Colchester
Colonel Henry Champion born in East Haddam in 1723 was the grandson of Henry Champion; an original settler of Saybrook. In 1775, Colonel Champion was selected to be a Commissary for the war effort, his duties were to procure goods and supply the Continental Army with provisions. Colonel Champion worked closely with the top colonial leaders, including General George Washington and Connecticut Governor Jonathan Trumbull.
During the winter of 1777-1778, Champion was summoned by General George Washington to command a wagon train needed to feed starving troops at Valley Forge. A herd of beef cattle, purchased at great expense, was driven over 300 miles under the personal direction of Colonel Henry Champion and his son, Epaphroditus. The beef was eaten by the starving troops in only five days.
In 1789 Colonel Champion married and settled in Colchester raising two prominent sons, Epaphroditus and Henry, who also served in the Revolutionary War. Epaphroditus worked with his father in the Commissary of the Army and eventually reached the rank of Commissary General. Henry became an outstanding military leader and also reached the rank of General.
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Twenty-Fourth Annual Festival on the Green, Saturday, July 25, 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Every July for over the last twenty years the Colchester Historical Society holds it’s Annual Festival on the Green on fourth Saturday in July from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The festival features events for the whole family including a quality Craft Show, craft demonstrations, a Fife and Drum Muster, music by the Colchester Regional Chamber Orchestra and a food court.
Exhibitors from Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island bring a variety of arts and crafts including, woodworking, painting, pottery, clothing, jewelry and stained glass. At 10:00 am the Colchester Regional Chamber Orchestra performs in the gazebo on the Green, followed at noon by a Fife and Drum Parade and Muster sponsored by The Colchester Continentals.
Food vendors offer hot dogs, hamburgers, fries, popcorn and ice cream. The rain date is the Sunday following the fourth Saturday in July. For additional information please call 860 608-2911.
If you are interested in exhibiting at the Colchester Historical Society Festival on the Green please call 860 537-5959 or fill out the Exhibitor Form and mail to: The Colchester Historical Society, PO Box 13, Colchester, CT 06415.
COLCHESTER HISTORICAL SOCIETY 2015 CALENDARS
Our 2014 calendars are now available for only $12 and make great holiday gifts. These unique calendars feature rare images of Colchester from 1870-1943. Calendars are available at the Cragin Memorial Library, Tim’s Bistro, Copies Plus, the Colchester Historical Society Museum, Nathan Liverant and Son or by calling; 860 537-5959.
EARL HOLMES: CAPTURING COLCHESTER IN PHOTOGRAPHS AND MOVIES
The Colchester Historical Society Museum hosts an exhibit of rare photographs of Colchester captured by local resident and pharmacist, Earl Holmes. In his early 1920’s photographs, Holmes recorded not only everyday life in the center of town, but rare images of the first paving of South Main Street. His unique images depict the machinery and process used to pave the dirt road for the first time.
Holmes’ pharmacy, located in the center of Colchester, gave him a prime vantage point to capture the local residents, the change of seasons and the character of the 1920’s. In addition to Holmes’ photographs, the Colchester Historical Society will be featuring his films, shot in the early 1930’s. Join us on this unique journey back in time. Visit the Colchester Historical Society Museum at 12 Linwood Avenue (adjacent to the Cragin Memorial Library). Parking behind the library. The exhibit continues through 2014.
It is with great sadness that we note the passing of one of our founders and dear friend, Stanley Moroch. The Colchester Historical Society exists and thrived because of the selfless dedication of Stanley and his late wife, Bessie. Everyone who knew Stanley, loved him (and EVERYONE knew Stanley!). There was so much to love. He was the most hardworking, dedicated, unselfish and beloved human we will know. Colchester is a better place because of Stanley. We will miss him greatly.