Walt Landgraf  1941 - 2007

Walt Landgraf, President of the Barkhamsted Historical Society, died Monday, July 23, 2007.  One of Walt's passions was local history and he worked hard on Historical Society projects including research, numerous educational initiatives and the restoration of the Squire's Tavern.  We were blessed with Walt's inspiration and guidance for many years and it was a pleasure knowing this wonderful man as a friend and as our leader. 


Walt touched so many lives through his work at the Historical Society, at the Stone Museum at People's Forest, as a biology teacher (now retired) at Northwestern Regional High School and in countless other venues and endeavors with which he was associated.  The depth of his knowledge and the extent of his passion for a wide range of subjects combined with his warm friendly manner and delightful sense of humor were a joy to all those who he came in contact with.  


Walt, we sure hope you are sitting down now with some of those historical figures shrouded in the mists of time that so fascinated you and that you are now getting all the little details to fill in all the blank areas of your research.  Let us know what you find out!

Colebrook Historical Society visits the Squire's Tavern

June 20, 2007

A group from the Colebrook Historical Society visits the Squire's Tavern.  Walt Landgraf gives a tour of the Tavern and provides information on the restoration of the Tavern.  Walt provides background on consultants used by the Barkhamsted Historical Society during our restoration work including advisors specializing in areas such as paint analysis, iron hardware, stenciling and old house construction.  The Colebrook Historical Society is currently involved with a restoration project on their main building, part of which was the former Colebrook town hall.  

Photos above (click to enlarge)- Walt Landgraf gives a tour of the

Squire's Tavern to a group from the Colebrook Historical Society.

The above tribute to Walt and article about the CHS visit to Squire's Tavern appear

 on the Barkhamsted Historical Society's website:  www.barkhamstedhistory.org

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