Research services for genealogists, students and scholars make the collection, archives, library, historic house and Memento Mori cemetery available for study.

Researchers are welcome to visit Stanley-Whitman House to study the rich collection of material related to 17th- early 19th-century Farmington and New England. A sampling of materials available:

  • An inventory of headstones in Memento Mori, Farmington’s ancient cemetery
  • A collection of late Victorian photographs of Farmington by Karl Klauser
  • The tool collection of Judah Woodruff, mid to late 18th-century housewright
  • Connecticut River Valley furniture, ca. 1690-1790

In addition to primary resources, the museum maintains the Dr. Kenneth G. Johnson Research Library of books, periodicals, and exhibit catalogs related to Colonial history and material culture. Visitors are encouraged to use the library for research and for browsing and reading. The library is open during the museum’s public hours.

Please contact the museum for specific information about the collection and to schedule an appointment to study the collection and the archives. Appointments can be scheduled during the museum’s public hours.

Stanley-Whitman House is open to the public Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 12 – 4 p.m.


This ongoing volunteer-staffed project focuses on documenting captive people in 17th-19th- century Farmington. Volunteers are welcome to join the project at any time: contact Lisa Johnson at Track the project’s progress, do your own research, and share your findings on the project’s website at

-Photograph by Hunter Neal Photography, LLC