The Darien Historical Society, founded in 1953, is the prime resource in the town of Darien, Connecticut dedicated to collecting, preserving and exhibiting materials of local historical value and focuses on educating the community about Darien’s heritage.

The Society supports, maintains, and operates the eighteenth century Bates-Scofield House Museum, the 1827 Scofield Barn Exhibit Hall, and the Darien Historical Archives and Resource Library.
The Darien Historical Society serves as the local history resource of Darien, through its acquisition and preservation of original photographs, documents, books and artifacts, and provides community access to these primary resources through exhibitions, lectures and educational programs, as well as through its public library.

The Darien Historical Society relies on private funding from membership dues and contributions as well as from our program revenue and merchandise.

Mission Statement

The Darien Historical Society is dedicated to collecting, preserving and exhibiting materials of local historic value and educating the community about its unique heritage. The Society operates the 18th century Bates-Scofield Homestead on Old Kings Highway North in Darien, CT, featuring a house museum, historical herb garden, resource library and spacious barn exhibition gallery. It is the mission of the Darien Historical Society to educate the community about its rich heritage, and to preserve vital historical artifacts for the enjoyment of future generations.

Board of Directors

The Darien Historical Society is governed by a Board of Directors of area community members. Individual Board members serve a three year term, normally renewable for one additional consecutive term.

Robert J. Pascal, Jr., President
Abigail Hord, Vice President
Joseph Spain, Vice President
Jared Heuer, Treasurer
Lisa Shanahan, Secretary

Christine Bang
Kieran Cavanna
Ashley Ghriskey
Laura Guaglianone
Kate Larson
Paget MacColl
Carolyn McGrath
Al Miller
Jim Ozanne
Jim Phillips
Lynn Sheppard
Sabele Steuert
Tere Stevens
Peter Thoren
Valerie VanDerzee

Marian Castell
Town Historian

Kenneth M. Reiss
Society Historian

Babs White
Costume Curator

In addition, an Advisory Council, also of area community volunteers, serves to assist the Board of Directors in advisory and consulting roles.