Susan G. Motycka, President of the Glastonbury Free Academy, past President of the Historical Society, and Co-Chair of the Education Committee is a life-long
Glastonbury resident, as were many of her forebears.
The Church-Run System
When Glastonbury petitioned to become a separate town in 1693, the Colony of Connecticut required that a minister be hired, a Congregational Church built, and an Ecclesiastical Society established. All religious concerns were the responsibility of the Minister and the Deacons. The Ecclesiastical Society, also known as the “Town Men” was entrusted with the town finances. The Ecclesiastical Society approved the selection of the minister, determined his pay, managed the town property, conducted town business, set taxes, and was responsible for educating children. READ MORE