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Welcome to Glastonbury's extraordinary historical legacy

Our Mission:
The Historical Society of Glastonbury promotes community activity and interest in Glastonbury’s heritage through publications, exhibits and programs and acquires, maintains and preserves historical properties and materials for education and research.

We are the Connecticut town with the largest inventory of Colonial homes

Upcoming Events

You can make your next special event part of Glastonbury's history! Click here to find out how to rent one of our historic properties.
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​Archaeology Day
August 19 and/or August 20
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

You are invited to be an archaeologist for a day! Join the State Archaeologist and members of FOSA at an authentic dig! Ages 12 and up. Reservations required. Students $10, adults $25.  


Farm Day
Sunday, September 15th
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Welles-Shipman-Ward House 
972 Main Street South Glastonbury 

HSG annually gives back to the town with this FREE family event!  Celebrate Glastonbury’s rich agricultural history with this fun-filled, family-oriented day including intriguing colonial-era trade demonstrations, games and crafts.

Annual Tag Sale
​Fri., Sept 27th to Sun, Sept 29th
8:00 am - 2:00 pm (Friday early bird special 7am - $10)

Tobacco Shed at the Welles-Shipman Ward House 
South Glastonbury 

Tag sale and consignment sale. Rain or Shine. Free admission all three days. $10 admission to Friday 7am early bird viewing. All proceeds benefit HSG Preservation and Education Projects.

Beer and Bread Demonstration​
​October 20, 2019 
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Welles Shipman Ward House
South Glastonbury

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An 18th century River Valley Mansion
972 Main Street, Route 17, South Glastonbury

Open every Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. during July and August 

​​ The Historical Society of Glastonbury invites you take a step back in time to tour this beautiful colonial mansion built in 1755.  
As a guest, you’ll be greeted by a costumed docent and given a tour of the 18th century home. The house features the largest known period kitchen fireplace in Connecticut, gorgeous unique antiques, including a rare high-back Queen Anne corner chair, a 300- year- old working loom, spinning wheels and much more!

You’ll walk through the flowering backdoor herb garden on your way to tour the property which includes a New England bank barn, a privy and a tobacco shed. You can also visit the kitchen garden which provided the family with their crops for the year and the see the grape arbor and apple and maple trees. Inside the White Barn exhibits show the developing technology of the 19th century.  

Explore the 200 year-old, English-style bank barn, where you’ll find an array of treasures and tools, a sleigh, and ice making tools that early farmers used. The Welles-Shipman-Ward house awaits your arrival.  

Admission is $5 for ages 10 and over. HSG members, Glastonbury Partners in Planting and Glastonbury Garden Club members are free.  

Final tour begins at 3:30.

The Historical Society of Glastonbury