The Historical Society of Glastonbury's Current Calendar

The Welles-Shipman-Ward House of The Glastonbury Historical Society

The Museum on the Green is open every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9am to 4 pm and once a month on the third Sunday of the month from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

The Welles-Shipman-Ward House  is open for special events and every Tuesday from 1:00 to 4:00 throughout the summer

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Highlight of Annual Events at the Museum on the Green & Welles-Shipman-Ward House
March thru May

  • Maple Sugar Madness Demonstration
  • Welles Tavern Night
  • A Step Back in Time: A Journey To A Day in Colonial Living
  • Colonial Cooking and Playtime for Children
  • Walk-Dinner Tours: Hiking thru History
  • Springtime and Gardens
  • Local Artists Exhibit

 June thru August

  • Connecticut Open House Day (every other year)
  • Militia Day
  • Tea and Tonics Under the Maple Tree
  • Dinner Lecture Series
  • Archaeology Day
  • Movie Night at the Tobacco Shed

September thru December

  • Dinner Lecture Series
  • Farm Day
  • Historic House Tour 
  • Dinner in Jerusha’s Kitchen: Colonial Cooking
  • Thanksgiving is Here!
  • HSG Members Holiday Reception

Year-Round Activities

  • Four free public historic presentations
  • Changing feature exhibits at the Museum on the Green
  • School class trips to Historical Society properties
  • Provide speakers for local organizations
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 2019 Events

Sunday, May 5th, 2019 
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
A Step Back In Time: A Journey To A Day In Colonial Living

Welles- Shipman-Ward House 
972 Main Street South Glastonbury

Enjoy activities that consumed our colonial ancestors’ day: cooking, spinning, weaving, quilting, washing clothes & other daily chores. View colonial tools & try your hand at rope making. Native American technology will also be demonstrated. Watch flint knapping & try your skill at spear throwing using a prehistoric atlatl. 
Glastonbury Partners in Planting will prepare the kitchen garden filled with herbs that will season the food and provide medicine for the family.  Visitors of all ages are encouraged to join in and help with the planting.
Admission: $5.00.


June 2, 2019
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Militia Day

Welles- Shipman-Ward House
972 Main Street Glastonbury 

All men between the ages of 16 and 60 are summoned to drill in preparation for attack!  Witness the militia prepare and fire their arms and cannon.  Learn from the Doctor about battlefield medicine.   There will be house and barn tours and cooking demonstrations. 
Admission: $5.00 per person.


Saturday, June 15th, 2019 
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Tea and Tonics Under The Tree 

 Welles-Shipman-Ward House 
972 Main Street South Glastonbury

Tour the house & herbal garden. Then enjoy tea & cookies under the maple tree as colonial housewife, Rebekah, discusses colonial medicine & the use of these herbs to heal her family. Reservations required. $10.00


Sunday, July 14, 2019
2:00pm - 4:00pm
High Tea

Be a guest of "Mrs. Ward" as she hosts a high tea.  Lady Georgina Hemingway of London will provide a short history of "high tea" and guide you through proper etiquette as you partake of traditional high tea treats. Tea will be held at the Museum on the Green.  
Reservations required and space is limited.  $25


August 19 and/or August 20, 2019 
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Archaeology Day

South Glastonbury 

You are invited to be an archaeologist for a day!  Join the State Archaeologist and members of FOSA at an authentic dig!  Ages 12 and up. Reservations required. Students $10, adults $25.  


Sunday, September 15th, 2019
1:00pm - 5:00pm
Farm Day 

Welles-Shipman-Ward House 
972 Main Street South Glastonbury 

HSG annually gives back to the town with this FREE family event attended by thousands. Kick off Glastonbury’s 326th anniversary by celebrating Glastonbury’s rich agricultural history. This fun-filled, family-oriented day includes intriguing colonial-era trade demonstrations, games, crafts and a petting zoo.


Friday, September 27th,  ​Saturday, September 28th , Sunday September 29th, 2019
8:00 am - 2:00 pm (Friday early bird special 7am - $10)
Tag Sale

Tobacco Shed at the Welles-Shipman-Ward House 
972 Main Street South Glastonbury 

Tag sale and consignment sale. Rain or Shine. Free admission all three days. $10 admission to Friday 7am early bird viewing. All proceeds benefit HSG Preservation and Education Projects.


​October 20, 2019 
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Beer and Bread Demonstration

Welles-Shipman-Ward House 
972 Main Street South Glastonbury 

Staples of their society then; staples of our society now, join us for a demonstration and history lesson of colonial bread making and beer brewing. There will be fresh samples to enjoy. Admission is $5 per person.


Tuesday, October 22, 2019 
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Membership Meeting with Speaker

First Church Congregational 2183 Main St. South Glastonbury

This is the fourth of four free presentation HSG sponsors throughout the year.


Sunday, November 17, 2019 
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thanksgiving is here

Welles-Shipman-Ward House 
972 Main Street South Glastonbury 

The harvest is in, the house has been made ready. We are ready for the biggest holiday of the year. Admission: $5.00

​December 2019 (Date TBD) 
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Member Holiday Reception 

Museum on the Green 
1944 Main Street Glastonbury

 Residents of the town and surrounding towns are invited to our annual reception. Light refreshments will be served and the museum will be decorated for the season. All the Christmas decor throughout the museum is for sale and has been donated.


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