Telling our veterans' stories

The Stratford Veterans Museum's mission is to recognize those veterans from Stratford who have served our country honorably in war and in peace and to act as a repository for their stories. The museum is designed to accommodate schoolchildren to foster their appreciation of United States history and the sacrifices of those men and women who made our country possible. The major goal for the museum is to make it a site for school field trips. If you are a veteran who lives in or has lived in Stratford, or family of a Stratford veteran, and would like to share your story of service, or if you have items related to a Stratford veteran you would like to loan or donate, please email us. Here is our Registration Form

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Our Regular Hours are: 

Wednesday: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

Please call for an appointment for other times at (203) 583-4484.

Take a Self-Guided Tour of the Museum

The Stratford Veterans Museum is dedicated to telling the stories of the town’s men and women who have served their country through the Armed Forces. Part of the way that story will be told is through a series of displays in the museum, including a “core” exhibit that takes visitors from the Revolutionary War through today’s conflicts. These exhibits will give the visitor a history of the era as well as items that are centric to Stratford. This tour will be available to visitors supporting audio and visual materials by downloading the Otocast app (available in the Apple and Google Play app stores).

Check Out Our Videos

Visit our YouTube page for interviews with our veterans as well as other audiovisual content.

View a drone tour of the Stratford Veterans Museum.

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Thank You to Our Contributors

Muffy Kelly

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As an ongoing feature this space will include thank yous to, and information on, those individuals and organizations that have contributed to the success of the Stratford Veterans Museum. This month we recognize Muffy Kelly.

Muffy Kelly, the great granddaughter of Civil War veteran Charles Goulding, recently visited the Stratford Veterans Museum. SEE PHOTOS HERE She is one of our most generous donors, having made more than $7000 in contributions so far, as well as sharing items related to her great grandfather and Stratford citizen Charles B. Goulding. Goulding entered service Feb. 25, 1860 in Company H, 1st U.S. Infantry. He joined the Company for duty at Fort Stockton, Texas. He was promoted to Corporal Dec. 1, 1860. From Texas, they moved to St. Louis, Missouri. In March 1862, they moved to New Madrid, Missouri and participated in operations there and at the siege of island #10. On April 20, the unit moved to Hamburg, Tenn. via Cairo, Illinois. He then participated with the Army of Mississippi in the siege of Corinth, Mississippi, a strategic point at the intersection of two major railroads. Goulding was wounded by a gun shot in the stomach at the Second Battle of Corinth on Oct. 4, 1862. From Dec. 1862, Goulding was in the 1st Brigade, 14th Div. 13th Corps, Army of Tennessee. He was promoted to Sergeant May 1, 1863. They joined forces under General Grant near Milliken's Bend, Louisiana in June 1863, participating in movements and campaigns in preparation for the siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi. During the siege of Vicksburg, Goulding served with siege guns as an artilleryman and was promoted to 1st Sergeant on the battlefield at Vicksburg on June 16, 1863. After the surrender at Vicksburg on July 4, 1863 he moved to Brashear City, LA, then to New Orleans where he remained on duty until the expiration of his service.

Thanks to Muffy and all of your beneficiaries. 

Please visit here for all honorees. 

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Find us at 5952 Main St., Stratford, next to Putney Chapel.

We Need Volunteers

Like You!

The Stratford Veterans Museum needs people like you as volunteers to help us in honoring our veterans and highlighting the contributions of Stratford Veterans to our town and country. Please complete this fillable form, save it, then send it to us via email; or print out the completed form and drop to us at the address above. 

Learn more about the Stratford Veterans Museum by watching this video

NEWS AND HAPPENINGS 

Veteran of the Month

July 2024 

Charles Brigham  Goulding

Civil War Veteran
U.S. Army

Charles B. Goulding Cover.jpgCharles B. Goulding entered service Feb. 25, 1860 in Company H, 1st U.S. Infantry. He joined the Company for duty at Fort Stockton, Texas. During the Civil War his unit participated in numerous engagement in the Western theater of the war on the Mississippi River. LEARN MORE 
 

Do You Know These Veterans?

The Stratford Veterans Museum staff needs your assistance in identifying the veterans in the photos below (please click on the photo for a larger version) and in finding photos of the veteran's listed below (please click on listing for a larger version). Please email us to share any info you may have with us.

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