The Derby Historical Society is the Lower Naugatuck Valley’s regional historical organization, celebrating the Valley as a large extended community. Founded on April 18, 1946, the Derby Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) organization. We are a recognized source for historical information by both print and televised media.
Built in 1698, the David Humphreys House is a working museum that comes alive with students role-playing the identities of actual children who lived in 1762, as they learn how to weave, spin, and prepare lunch on an open hearth. Our programs use a hands-on approach to learning, giving students an opportunity to immerse themselves in our nation's history.
The Derby Historical Society serves as the primary historical society for Derby and Ansonia and has a supporting role for the communities of Oxford, Seymour, and Shelton, and receives 2,500 visitors each year. Over 1,200 of these are school children that attend our A Day in 1762 school program. We provide a unique experience for each youth and meet Common Core Standards while utilizing all learning styles.