Resources—June 2002

Cheney Brothers National
Historic District Commission

Vivian Ferguson, chair
(860) 647-3130
or c/o Manchester Historical Society
(860) 647-9983 tel
The commission co-sponsors bus tours with Manchester Historical Society and advocates on behalf of historic preservation of the area.

Cheney Genealogist

Edward Hapgood Little
c/o Cheney Cemetery Association
20 Grand Avenue
New Haven, CT 06513
(203) 562-7719 tel
(203) 624-5826 fax
Genealogist Ted Little has finished the 4th edition of the Cheney Family Tree, which includes 14 generations and some 1500 names.

Cheney Hall

Steve McKay, Director
77 Hartford Road
Manchester, CT 06040
(860) 647-9824 office tel
Mon–Fri 10 am to 5 pm
Cheney Hall, restored to its original beauty (including the organ), is the home of the Little Theatre of Manchester and special events. Cheney Hall is available for private functions.

Cheney Homestead

Arlyne Meek, Caretaker
106 Hartford Road
Manchester, CT 06040
(860) 643-5588
The Cheney family ancestral home built around 1785 is now operated as a museum by the Manchester Historical Society.

Cheney Homestead Committee

Mark Sutcliffe, chair
(860) 647-7541
or c/o Manchester Historical Society
David K. Smith, President
106 Hartford Road
Manchester, CT 06040
(860) 647-9983 tel
This committee oversees the collections and upkeep of the Cheney Homestead.

Connecticut Fireman’s
Historical Society, Inc.

230 Pine Street
Manchester, CT 06040
(860) 649-9436
The Society operates a museum housed in the old Cheney Brothers firehouse at Pine and Hartford Road.

Connecticut Historical Society

Judith Johnson, Director of the Genealogical Library
One Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 06105
(860) 236-5621
The museum houses a large collection of Cheney family photographs and other memorabilia, as well as the records assembled by Edward Little in conjunction with the genealogy.

Connecticut History Online
A photo collection collaboration of the Connecticut Historical Society, the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at University of Connecticut, and Mystic Seaport Museum, including over 60 photographs of Cheney Brothers.
This photograph collection features George Wells Cheney on the home page!


Greater Manchester
Chamber of Commerce

John Anderson, President
20 Hartford Road
Manchester, CT 06040
(860) 646-2223 tel
(860) 646-5871 fax
The Chamber of Commerce website provides lists of hotels, restaurants, attractions, etc. in case you want to visit the ancestral town.

The Little Theatre of Manchester

Cheney Hall
177 Hartford Road
Manchester, CT 06040
(860) 645-6743 box office tel
This first-rate community theater group mounts a full schedule of productions every year at Cheney Hall.

Manchester Historical Society

David K. Smith, President
106 Hartford Road
Manchester, CT 06040
(860) 647-9983 tel
The Manchester Historical Society operates the Cheney Homestead, Cheney School, Keeney Schoolhouse and actively collects and displays items associated with the history of Manchester at the Old Manchester Museum. The Society sponsors walking tours and co-sponsors special events open to the public. The Society has purchased the Cheney Brothers machine shop and plans to move its offices and major collections there soon.

Mary Cheney Library

586 Main Street
Manchester, CT 06040
(860) 643-2471 tel
Mon–Thurs 9 am to 9 pm
Fri and Sat 9 am to 5 pm
Sun, May–Sept, closed; Oct–Apr, 1 to 5 pm
The library contains books and paintings of interest to Cheney family members.

Town of Manchester

41 Center Street
PO Box 191
Manchester, CT 06045-0191
(860) 647-3123 main tel
Those visiting Manchester or arranging for a memorial service and burial may have need to contact town officials.

University of Connecticut Libraries

369 Fairfield Road
Storrs, CT 06269
Dodd Research Center
(860) 486-2524 tel
Homer Babbidge Library Research Desk
(860) 486-4636 tel
An extensive collection of Cheney Brothers business documents are housed in the library collections in Dodd and Babbidge.

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

600 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103-2990
(860) 278-2670 main tel
Tues–Sun, 11 am to 5 pm
1st Thurs of each month open until 8 pm
The museum has permanent and rotating exhibits in the Cheney Textile Gallery and an extensive collection of fabrics, clothing and related items in the textile and costume workrooms. Carol Krute is curator of textiles and costumes.