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.    

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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.  

 


 

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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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UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Archaeology Day
Friday, July 18th

10:00am-3:00pm

 Welles-Shipman-Ward House 

When it comes to history, one person's trash is another's treasure.  Dig with renowned CT State Archaeologist Dr. Nick Bellantoni (as seen on The History Channel) and FOSA.  Ages 12 and up.  Reservations required.  Students $10, other $15.

 

Walking House Tour
Saturday, September 6

Glastonbury boasts the nations 2nd largest inventory of historic homes and buildings Main Street Glastonbury has the greatest concentration. Some of the houses on the tour have never been open to the public.
Houses from 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, each with interesting histories and adaptations.
Tour is comfortably, casually walkable for most, adding to the ambiance and village feeling of yesteryear.
Tickets in advance $30, tickets on tour day $35

 

Annual Farm Festival

Saturday,
September 21st

1:00pm-5:00pm
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!

 

Current Exhibit on Display

Smith Sister's Exhibit reinterpreted and Second Chance Shop exhibit

 

Museum on the Green

Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9am-4pm

 and

 3rd Sunday of the Month

1pm-4pm

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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