Colby Curtis Museum

The Stanstead Historical Society was founded in 1929 in a century-old schoolhouse – the Mansur School – a historical landmark that remains under the Society’s care. Since then, its remarkable collection aimed at preserving the cultural heritage of this border region has found an ideal permanent home.

Since 1992, under the aegis of the Colby-Curtis Museum, the Society’s collection have been installed in "Carrollcroft", a classical revival style villa built in 1859. The house as well as all of its contents were donated to the Society by the Colby family in 1992.

Today, Carrollcroft houses the expanded Colby-Curtis Museum and Archives. Permanent displays give visitors a glimpse of the gracious lifestyle enjoyed by several generations of a prominent border family of American origin. Changing temporary exhibitions present other fascinating aspects of regional history.

The Heritage of Carrollcroft

Carrollcroft , a large heritage house built by Moses French Colby and later completed by his son in 1859 by Charles Carroll Colby. This imposing cut granite and fieldstone house in the Italianate style has been home to the Colby-Curtis Museum since 1992. Together with its adjacent barn building, it contains the collections of the Stanstead Historical Society that continue to grow thanks to local donors.

Opening hours Colby-Curtis Museum


(January, February, March)

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

1:00 p.m. - 5:00p.m.

Spring & Fall

(April-May and September-December)

Monday - Friday

1:00 p.m. - 5:00p.m.


(June, july, August)

TMonday - Sunday

9:00 a.m.- 12:00 a.m. and 1:00 - 5:00p.m.

Or by reservation Museum and temporary

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