Historical Society of Glastonbury CT

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In 1935, Glastonbury had no historical society, and the Gideon Welles House stood empty and in the way of a post office that was to be built in Glastonbury Center, at the intersection of Hebron Avenue and Main Street.  The house was to be torn down.  But Dr. Lee J. Whittles and others in Glastonbury, recognizing the house’s historic significance, formed a committee to save it from destruction.

In 1936, they succeeded by encouraging Ernest Victor Llewellyn to purchase the house and have it moved to a nearby lot on New London Turnpike.  The committee that formed to save the house became the Historical Society.  Working with Mr. Llewellyn, they had the house declared a national historic building.

From that beginning, the Historical Society of Glastonbury has continued to preserve the Town’s past, and to display it in an educational, entertaining fashion.  Please visit us at the Museum on the Green, corner of Main and Hubbard Street, or at the Welles-Shipman-Ward House, 972 Main Street, South Glastonbury.    




Our Mission

Our objective is to educate through the preservation and promotion of Glastonbury's extraordinary historical legacy by preserving, owning, maintaining and operating multiple historic properties, holding public events, providing education and other services, publishing regular newsletters and columns in the Citizen, holding membership events, and consistently updating and improving exhibits and facilities.  Support for our work comes primarily from members, business sponsors, foundations and the State and Town.  


Own a piece of history and help the Historical Society of Glastonbury pursue its mission of collecting, preserving, and interpreting the history of the Connecticut Town with the largest inventory of colonial homes.

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Militia Day
Sunday, April 27


 Welles-Shipman-Ward House 

All men between the ages of 16 and 60 are summoned to drill in preparation for attack! Step back in time to watch as our militia unit drills on our property. House and Barn tours, cooking demonstration. Admission: $5.00 for all, with $20 max. for family.


Walking Tour of South Glastonbury
Monday, April 28


Walking Tour of the dock landings along the Connecticut River in South Glastonbury. The walk is $10 with funds going to HSG’s Education programs. Brian Chiffer will be your guide, meeting at the Ferry Slip on the Glastonbury side at 6:00 pm


Duffy Schade's "Our Town: Farmers and Farms, 1969-1993" Week Long Exhibit at the Museum on the Green
Special celebratory reception

Sunday, May 5th

1pm to 4pm

 The reception is open to the public and all are invited to join.  After the Sunday reception the exhibit will be open Monday thru Friday, 9am to 5pm, with Friday May 9th being the last day.

Duffy will have a selection of her works along with her book for sale with a portion of the sales being donated to the Historical Society.



Current Exhibit on Display

19th & 20th Century

Hand Held Fans


Museum on the Green

Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9am-4pm


 3rd Sunday of the Month


Open Sunday, March 16th


Just in!

"Glastonbury-Rocky Hill Ferry”  T-Shirts!


Now Available!!

 Beautiful posters and note cards of “Weathervanes of Glastonbury”


NEW Glastonbury Book!

available at the

Museum on the Green

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