Cheney Brothers National Historic Landmark District Commission

Est. 1978

"Preserving the Legacy"


Our Mission Statement:

The Commission promotes and encourages the preservation of the Cheney Brothers National Historic Landmark District by building awareness and understanding of the significance and unique historic character of the District, and by advising town government regarding the impact of any development and restoration of properties in the District.

To Encourage Preservation, the Commission: 
  • With assistance from the Planning Department, created the District gateway signs and street-sign toppers
  • Reviews District property owner applications for exterior restorations and, based on retaining the District's historic integrity, recommends action to the Planning & Zoning Commission
  • Recognizes historic preservation by property owners with our Annual Preservation Awards Ceremony
  • Leads walking tours of the District
  • Distributes information about the District to new mansion owners

22nd Annual Historic Preservation Awards Recipients

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  Ross and Irene Grant ~ 537 Center St., with Mayor Jay Moran

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Robert Ososki ~ 458 Porter St., with Mayor Jay Moran

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Timothy Becker ~ 72 Scarborough Rd., with Mayor Jay Moran

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Peter Colapietro & Mary Kathryn Sitarz ~ 43 Forest St., with Mayor Jay Moran

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Christopher & Linda Hopkins ~ 34 Hoffman Rd., with Mayor Jay Moran

About the Commission

The Cheney Brothers National Historic Landmark District Commission is an advisory commission dedicated to promoting, encouraging and securing the preservation and rehabilitation of the Cheney Brothers National Historic Landmark District. The Commission advises the Planning and Zoning Commission on all development applications for properties in the Historic Zone which is a part of the district. The Commission also advises the Planning and Zoning Commission on zoning regulation and zoning map amendments, and the Town Board of Directors on publicly funded development activity in the district. If you own a property inside the Landmark District you may contact the Planning department for advice on renovations or changes you are considering for your property.

Upcoming Community Events

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Great Lawn Walk

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1914 Drawing of the Great Lawn

The public is invited to a free walking tour in the Cheney historic district on Saturday June 15,  2024 at 1:00 p.m. The one-and-a-quarter-hour walk starts at 146 Hartford Road, Manchester, and will proceed along streets and lawn to view the exterior of historic mansions, with a visit to the nine acres purchased by the Town of Manchester in 2005 for open space and historic preservation. Hosts Tom Ferguson and Susan Barlow, members of the Cheney district commission, will comment on the historic landscape and buildings. There is some steep and uneven ground, so participants should wear sturdy shoes or boots. Extreme weather cancels, but the walk will be held in light rain, so please bring an umbrella. More information about local history at


Past Community Events


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Arts & Cultural District Walk ~ 05.11.24

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Jane's Walk: Connecticut ~ 05.04.24

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Hospitality Committee's Meet & Greet Event at Manchester Historical Society ~ 09.28.23

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Mansion Walking Tour ~ 06.17.23

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New Year's Day Walk - Austin Cheney Mansion ~ 01.01.23

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New Year's Day Walk ~ 01.01.22



Scheduled Meetings

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CBNHLD Interactive Map provided by Manchester Historical Society. For information or questions about this map please email or call 860-647-9983.