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Welcome to The Glastonbury Historical Society Welles-Shipman-Ward House
A Step Back in Time: A Journey to a Day in Colonial Living
 Sunday, May 6, 2018
at the Welles-Shipman-Ward House

Where:  Welles-Shipman-Ward House
             972 Main Street, South Glastonbury, CT
When: Sunday, May 6, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cost: $5 per person; Historical Society of Glastonbury members free 

No need to travel all the way to Williamsburg to experience early America. The Historical Society of Glastonbury is always bringing history back to life right here in Connecticut. On Sunday, May 6th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Welles-Shipman-Ward House, 972 Main Street, South Glastonbury, “step back in time” to experience colonial living. Inside the house watch “colonial” women cook over the fire, sew, weave and card wool. Outside men will be flint knapping, shearing a sheep, making rope, using an atlatl and hewing beams. You will not always have to be an observer, you may join in on some of the activities as well!  
Like most of us today, the colonial men, women and children of “Glassenbury” spent most of their days working. However, their chores to maintain their household are what we now consider crafts or hobbies. Join us and watch as colonial reenactors demonstrate daily colonial chores of food preparation, cooking over the hearth, and weaving on our 300-year-old loom. Throughout the house you’ll find more reenactors at work sewing, embroidering, cross stitching and more. Experience how people lived and gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for life 200 years ago. Better yet, JOIN US! Bring your colonial hobby and work on your craft alongside the exhibitors.  
Children are encouraged to participate. Let the “young ones” try carding wool, use the cricket loom, make their own colonial choker or participate in crafts. They will also be delighted by watching a sheep being sheared.
More excitement awaits on the rest of our beautiful property. While the chores inside the house were mainly the domain of the women and girls, the men and boys were busy outside. Watch beams being hewn. Tour the barns and see the farm equipment. Glassenbury was also known for its shipbuilding and had ropewalks for making the many ropes that were needed for this industry. Make some rope yourself!
Other exhibitions include Native American technologies of flint knapping and spear throwing using a prehistoric atlatl. Join Gary Nolf, atlatl throwing champion (also seen on David Letterman) and try your hand at using an atlatl to spear a target.  
Spend an afternoon with the Historical Society of Glastonbury taking in demonstrations and joining in the work. Enjoy the Connecticut River Valley mansion built in 1755, and learn the history of skills and technologies that our not so distant ancestors used on a daily basis. Make the experience more realistic and add to the fun by dressing in period appropriate costumes!
$5 admission per person includes demonstrations, entrance to the Welles-Shipman-Ward house, property, barns and shed. No admission required for Historical Society of Glastonbury members. Please check the website or our Facebook page for more information and the most current updates on this event.

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