We continue to preserve the Town of Glastonbury's past
We display Glastonbury's past in an educational, entertaining fashion
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.
We are a nonprofit organization dependent upon the support of our members and sponsors
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Recently secured $318,000 in grants and executed the reconstruction of a c.1870 tobacco shed, which will be used as an education center and museum.
Over 2,000 visitors annually view agricultural and related artifacts, equipment, and photos in period barns and sheds at the Welles-Shipman-Ward House Museum and enjoy exhibits focusing on Glastonbury’s early businesses, customs, and culture at the Museum on the Green.
Over 1,000 children and adults learn about historical values, traditions, and family fun at the Society’s annual celebrations and events.
Established five National Register Historic Districts and one local Historic District.
Provide free, annual interactive educational tours for over 600 5th graders from Glastonbury’s public schools.
Publish bi-weekly history column in the Glastonbury Citizen, two annual “Publick Post” newsletters, quarterly newsletters, histories of Glastonbury, and a series of guidebooks.
Reconstructed c.1790 Moseley Tavern Privy, c. 1790 Eastbury Barn and constructed a post and beam shed, new well house and smokehouse designed after those built in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
Maintain four historic properties: Welles-Shipman-Ward House, Museum on the Green, Welles-Chapman Tavern, and Wassuc Green.