In 1935, the Gideon Welles House, the birthplace of Gideon Welles, first Secretary of the Navy, stood empty and on the site of the new post office that would be built at the intersection of Hebron Avenue and Main Street. The Town's plan was demolish the house. However, 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 convinced Ernest Victor Llewellyn to purchase the house and have it moved to a nearby lot on New London Turnpike. (At that time, New London Turnpike came through the current Town Fountain area and met Main Street and Hebron Avenue in a five way intersection.) The committee that formed to save the Gideon Welles House soon became an organization named the Historical Society of Glastonbury. Working with Mr. Llewellyn, they had the house declared a national historic building and it now stands at 17 Hebron Avenue and home to several local businesses..
From that beginning, the Historical Society of Glastonbury has continued to preserve the Town’s past, and to display it in an educational and 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.