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.

Business Sponsors & Contributors
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Annual Farm Festival

September 21st


at the Welles-Shipman-Ward House
Sponsored by Margaret Wilcox Realtors & Associates at William Raveis

 Join hundreds of your friends at one of the Historical Society's biggest annual events.   Farm Festival is an annual celebration of Glastonbury history.  Admission and activities are FREE!


2nd Annual Tag Sale in the Tobacco Shed

Friday, Saturday
and Sunday

October 3rd, 4th
and 5th


at the Welles-Shipman-Ward House
The tag sale is rain or shine, admission is free except for early birds on Friday 7am – 8am admission is $10.


Dinner in Jerusha's Kitchen

Sunday, October 19th

at the Welles-Shipman-Ward House
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. First come, first served. Please call 860.633.6890 for reservations. $55.00 per person.




Current Exhibit on Display

Smith Sister's Exhibit reinterpreted and Second Chance Shop exhibit


Museum on the Green

Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9am-4pm


 3rd Sunday of the Month


Open Sunday, July 20th


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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