Faith Trumbull Chapter was organized on November 23, 1893, in Norwich, Connecticut. The chapter was named for Faith Robinson Trumbull who married Jonathan Trumbull in 1735. From the beginning, the women wanted to preserve the history of their families and the city of Norwich. This vision was further realized when the chapter was allowed to purchase the Perkins-Rockwell House from Mary Watkinson Rockwell Cole for the sum of one dollar. The house was presented to the chapter by Mrs. Cole, in 1934, with the words:
“And so because of our love for Norwich, the Rose of New England, which has been fostered by the loyal friendships of many generations it seemed to me that we of this generation would take pleasure in having these stone walls harbor the best traditions of New England. I take great satisfaction is thinking that this house will be used in a dignified way. That under its roof these Americans will be displayed and gatherings of public-spirited women will be held from time to time.”
The historic collections begun when the chapter was organized finally had a home. Today the museum also includes the Nathaniel Backus House, which was moved next door to the Perkins-Rockwell House in 1952.