History of The Historical Society of Glastonbury's Museum
1944 Main St. at the corner of
Main St. & Hubbard St. in Glastonbury
Admission is Free
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 9 am - 4 pm
Third Sunday of the month 1- 4 pm
The exhibits cover the town from
its Native American roots through
European settlement up to the
early 20th century.
The building that serves as our main museum was built between 1839 and 1840 as the Town House. It was built by Parley Bidwell, who probably designed it, as well. Mr. Bidwell had built the Methodist Church on High Street about 2 years earlier. We now know that building as the South Glastonbury Library.
The Museum is housed in the first Town Hall built in Glastonbury c. 1840, and served for 100 years. Before there was a separation of Church and State, the first Meeting House stood on this spot and 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 be 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 was a pig pound on the edge of the Green, keeping pigs out of the crops and preventing the damage they did.
Featured displays 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 much more.
The Museum also has a Library, Genealogy dept., and Curatorial department.
Click here to see some of the selections, including books and t-shirts, at our museum store.
Storage at the Museum on the Green is always a problem. We are moving some of our Apparel Collection into archival boxes, which take up a lot of room. One of our large display cabinets has the ability to store 16 of these boxes beneath it. In heeding this need Mary Collins contributed fabric and made a beautiful functional skirt for the display cabinet. She was assisted with design and additional fabric from Vilma Walton and framing design and materials from Jack Espenshade. This has greatly expanded our storage capacity at the Museum. We are always seeking new ways to continue this process. Thanks you all for your gifts of your talents.