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Connecticut Open House Day on Saturday, June 10th 2017
at the Museum on the Greene, 1944 Main Street, Glastonbury
As part of the 13th Annual Connecticut Open House Day the Historical Society of Glastonbury’s (HSG) Museum on the Green will be open held on Saturday, June 10th for this event between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
This is a chance for residents in Glastonbury and across Connecticut, to visit and tour Glastonbury’s first town house (c. 1840) which is currently home to the HSG and their main museum known as the Museum on Green. Attendees are welcomed to take a self-guided tour of the Cemetery on the Green adjacent to the museum and/or a self-guided walking tour of the trees along Main Street.
Before there was a separation of Church and State, the first Meeting House stood on what is now the current town green and it served as both Church and Town House. It has been said that the Museum’s building was built of ballast bricks, possibly from North Africa. Because there was more than one brickyard in Glastonbury, this may or may not be the case. The adjacent cemetery is from the church. The first school was also located on the Green. Livestock grazed on the Town Green and the Militia practiced here. There even was a pig pound on the edge of the Green, keeping the pigs from damaging the crops.
Current displays featured at the museum include Native Americans, Colonial Era, the famous Smith Sisters (abolitionists & suffragists), the Civil War, Hale Farm, Industries such as Shipbuilding, J. B. Williams Soap Co., and Harriman Motors who built airplanes in the early 20th century, and more.
The museum and property being open to the public on Saturday, June 10th 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.
The Museum on the Green is located at 1944 Main Street (corners of Main and Hubbard Streets) Glastonbury, CT 06033. The Museum is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m, and the third Sunday of every month from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is always FREE. Donations are always welcome.