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The Welles-Shipman-Ward House of The Glastonbury Historical Society
Welcome to The Glastonbury Historical Society - Museum on Main Street
The Museum on the Green is Open
 the Third Sunday of Every Month 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
along with every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
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The Welles-Shipman-Ward House
and Property is open for special events listed below
and every Tuesday throughout the summer

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 2018 Events

Saturday, March 24, 2018 
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Supper at The Wells Tavern


Welles- Shipman-Ward House 
972 Main Street Glastonbury ​

‘Tis the year 1796. Step into Joseph Welles’ taproom as a resident of Glastonbury. See who else visits tonight and hear what tales they may share. Partake of our victuals from 18th century “receipts”. Reservations required. $40.00



Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Membership Meeting with Speaker 

First Church Congregational 
2183 Main Street Glastonbury 

Program: Connecticut Made Presenter: 
Cynthia Parzych Free and open to the public.



Tuesday, April 10th, 2018  
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Colonial Cooking and Playtime For Children 

Welles-Shipman-Ward House 
972 Main Street Glastonbury ​

Hearth cooking class for kids 8 to 14, who prepare and enjoy a simple meal together. A variety of colonial toys and games will later be enjoyed. Reservations required. $20.00.


Sunday, April 22nd to Saturday, April 28th, 2018  
Yearly Local Artist Exhibit at the Museum: Hartford Landmarks

Museum on the Green
1944 Main Street Glastonbury

This year the Historical Society is proud to welcome the art images of Glastonbury resident, Don Nedd.  A reception open to the general- public, Sunday, April 22, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The show will continue for one week during regular Museum hours, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and ending Saturday, April 28th, 10:00 a.m.


Sunday, May 6th, 2018 
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 Glastonbury

 Watch &/or become involved in 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 napping & try your skill at spear throwing using a prehistoric atladl. Admission: $5.00.


​Sunday, May 20th, 2018 
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Historic Glastonbury's 325th Anniversary Bus Tour

​On Sunday, May 20th, journey through 325 years of Glastonbury history. The narrated bus tour, which will start at the Riverside Community Center on Welles Street at 2:00 pm, will last approximately two hours. No walking is involved.




May 21, 2018 6:00 pm
Hiking Through History.  Walk, Talk, and Dinner

The tour will be approximately ninety minutes followed by an optional dinner and a short slide show thru history at Olympic Pizza. Reservations are required. The walk, talk, and pizza dinner is $20. Walk alone $10.



Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Membership Meeting with Speaker.  

First Church Congregational 
2183 Main Street Glastonbury

Speaker and presentation TBD



Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 
12:00 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! Step back in time to watch as a battle unfolds before your eyes. House and Barn tours, cooking demonstration. 
Admission: $5.00 per person.




Saturday, June 9th, 2018
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
CT Open House Day 

Museum on the Green 
1944 Main Street (Corner of Main and Hubbard Street) Glastonbury

 The museum being open this Saturday is part of CT Office of Tourisms’ (a division of the Department of Economic & Community Development) annual one-day statewide event designed to showcase Connecticut’s diverse world of history, art, and tourism. This is a great way for residents to discover or rediscover all that is happening in Glastonbury and throughout the state.



Saturday, June 16th & Tuesday June 19th, 2018 
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tea and Tonics Under The Tree 

 Welles-Shipman-Ward House 
972 Main Street 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. $5.00



​Monday and Tuesday, August 13th and 14th 2018 
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Archaeology Day

South Glastonbury 

You are invited to be an archaeologist for a day! Dig with CT State Archaeologist Brian Jones and FOSA. Ages 12 and up. Reservations required. Students $10, adults $25.



Saturday, August 25th, 2018
6:00pm
Farm to Table Dinner and a Movie 

Killam & Bassett Farmstead
South Glastonbury
​Pig roast and seasonal vegetalbes prepared by farm chef in conjunction with a wine tasting (from Southside Wine and Spirit Shoppe). Followed by a tobacco farming (past and present) presentation topped off with a showing of Parrish, a film taking place in the tobacco fields of 1960s Connecticut
$85 per person. Reservations Required. 


Sunday, September 16, 2018 
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
18th Annual Farm Day 

Welles-Shipman-Ward House 
972 Main Street Glastonbury 

HSG annually gives back to the town with this FREE family event attended by thousands. Kick off Glastonbury’s 325th 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 28th,  ​Saturday, September 29th , Sunday September 30th 2018
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 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.


​Sunday, October 14, 2018
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Beer and Bread Demonstration

Welles-Shipman-Ward House 
972 Main Street 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 23, 2018 
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
 Membership Meeting with Speaker

First Church Congregational 2183 Main St. Glastonbury

"An Evening with William and Helen Gillette”
As portrayed by Harold (Tyke) and Theodora (Teddie) Niver 

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


Held every other year - will be held in 2019
Two tours 1:00 pm 3:00 pm 
Cemetery Tour

Green Cemetery / Museum on the Green 
1944 Main Street Glastonbury

 Glastonbury speaks...from beyond the grave. The cemetery has been a town landmark for centuries and you may have even visited at one time or another. This visit will be special. Tickets are $20 per person. Tour is approx. 90 mins.



Sunday, November 18, 2018 
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
 Thanksgiving is here

Welles-Shipman-Ward House 
972 Main Street 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 8, 2018 
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm 
Home for the Holidays House Tour 

Museum on the Green 
1944 Main Street Glastonbury​

Christmas in Glastonbury - Tour ten homes on Glastonbury's Old Main Street all decorated to reflect the elegance of Christmas past. Walk or drive - all sites are located along a stretch of less than a mile. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 day of event.



2018 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.



December 3rd - 8th 2018
 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm 
Christmas Sale 

Museum on the Green 
1944 Main Street Glastonbury. 

The special Christmas items donated to HSG for sale at the Museum will be available for purchase.