The Middletown Academy opened its doors in October of 1826 as a private academy until 1876, when it became part of the public school system. In 1840, the school had 33 pupils. It is now owned by the Town of Middletown and is shared by the Middletown Historical Society with the Middletown Chamber of Commerce. Since its founding in 1985, the Society has hosted house tours as well as lectures on the history of Middletown. The Middletown Historical Society also hosts the annual Olde-Tyme Peach festival, a tradition started in 1993. Our mission is to collect, preserve, educate, and encourage the development of Middletown’s history in order to foster historic awareness and pride in our community. During your visit you can also take your children to the “Please Touch” room which has an array of reproduction old-fashioned toys and books. The room is adjacent to the research room and near the exhibit spaces upstairs. Children are invited to stay and play in the room as visitors conduct research.