Connecticut Open House Day: June 8, 2019

Join us for this day-long, state-wide celebration of everything that makes Connecticut great! For 15 years now, attractions, museums, galleries and organizations in towns and cities all across Connecticut will be opening their doors and welcoming visitors with discounted or free admission, giveaways, special offers, hands-on activities for the kids and more. It’s a great way to discover or rediscover all that is happening in our state. You can even become a Connecticut Ambassador!

Our list is in alphabetical order by town, so make sure you click on all the town's tabs below to see the more than 215 participants in this year's event.

Ashford         

  • Ashford House Studio, 10 Mansfield Rd.
    Open studio from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., offering 10% off all matted prints.
    Part of the Art & Garden Tour.
  • Willow Tree Pottery
    Open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Featuring guests Barbara Katz, Gretchen Geromin and Laure Merlo who will be showing their work in the gardens. Suzy Stauback makes pottery for the kitchen, table and garden inspired by pots of ancient China and Korea and country pottery of England and early America. All visitors will receive a homemade amulet.
    Part of the Arts & Garden Tour.

Barkhamsted

  • Squire’s Tavern
    Free admission from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. In addition, there will be a whimsical program at 1:30 p.m. by George Papp, Sr. on the history of outhouses. Following the program will be an ice cream social.

Bethel 

  • Bethel Historical Society
    Offering a Passport to Bethel Tour of historic sites working with the Boys Scouts along with a Revolutionary War Encampment with reenactors, tents, horses, canons, drills. The town historian will provide a presentation at the Bethel Public Library, followed with songs by Gretchen Tucker and their history.

Bloomfield     

  • Old Farm School                    
    Free tours from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. of the 1796 schoolhouse which was used until 1922, and the History Center.

Bridgeport    

  • Barnum Museum 
    Free admission from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Guest can enjoy free guided tours through the gallery and all visitors will receive a red nose and Barnum bookmarks.

Bristol

Brooklyn       

  • Creamery Brook Bison          
    Open from noon until 6 p.m. during their Summer Festival featuring food and craft vendors, activities for children including butter making; ice cream, and wagon rides to see the bison.

Burlington     

  • Elton Tavern & Center Schoolhouse
    Open for tours from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Visit with costumed interpreters in the Federal-style tavern or try your hand at school lessons and games in the one-room schoolhouse.

Canterbury   

  • Green District Schoolhouse
    Open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Visit the restored 19th century one-room schoolhouse and experience first-hand how different school was in the not-so-distant past.
  • Prudence Crandal Museum
    Free admission from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Canton          

Centerbrook

Chaplin

  • Jane Collins Studio 
    Open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., offering guests a free herb or flower plant.
    Part of the Arts & Garden Tour.

Cheshire        

  • Barker Character, Comic & Cartoon Museum
    Free admission from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
  • Cheshire Historical Society
    Open from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The Cheshire Historical Society has been researching the history of the Hitchcock family and with the information they have found, staff will tell the stories about the family through skits. Guests are invited to dress in period costumes and read from the prepared scripts.

Chester          

  • Chakana Sky Alpacas            
    Open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., offering guests 10% off total farm store purchases.
  • Museum at the Mill   
    Free admission from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., view their new exhibit and enjoy some light refreshments.

Clinton          

  • Adam Stanton House            
    Free admission from noon until 4 p.m., with guided tours throughout the 18th century house and general store.
  • Captain Elisha White House              
    Free house tours from noon until 4 p.m. of the oldest brick building on the Boston Post Road, also known as “Old Brick.” Enjoy the perennial gardens containing heirloom plants, view a diorama of Main Street, Clinton as it looked in 1915, and visit the Buell Tool Museum, a treasure trove of antique tools.

Colchester     

  • Colchester Historical Society
    Free admission from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., offering tours of the history museum in addition to three other historic sites including Hayward Fire Museum, School of Colored Children, and the Nathaniel Foote House.

Collinsville     

  • Canton Historical Museum                
    Free admission from noon until 4 p.m., with guided or self-guided tours.

Danbury        

  • Danbury Museum & Historical Society                     
    Free admission from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., which includes tours and a special exhibition.
  • Gallery at Still River Editions
    Open from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m., featuring the exhibition of photographs by Robert Jacobsen and photoencaustics by Marcy Juran. Enjoy art, conversation and light refreshments.

Derby

  • Osborne Homestead Museum
    Museum open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. with a special architecture tour of the homestead, exploring its transformation from a modest 1800s farmhouse into an elegant 20th century Colonial Revival home.

Durham          

  • Kalmia Garden Music & Arts            
    From 2 p.m. until 6 p.m., enjoy ongoing garden tours, live music, an art exhibit, and refreshments. Bring a picnic and enjoy the grounds.

East Granby 

East Haddam

  • East Haddam Historical Society & Museum             
    Free admission and tours from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., along with tours and complimentary gifts.
  • Goodspeed Opera House       
    From 9 a.m. until noon, enjoy free tours of the historic Victorian theater built in 1876.
  • Staehly Farm Winery
    Farm will be open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. From noon to 4 p.m., visitors can enjoy special offerings include wine and rhubarb tastings, gardening activities, Touch A Tractor and rides, and an ice cream food truck on-site.

East Hampton

  • Connecticut Draft Horse Rescue
    Open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., with guided tours of the farm, meet the horses up close, free refreshments and temporary tattoos for children.

East Hartford           

  • East Hartford Public Library/Edward King Museum of Tobacco & Aviation
    Open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Did you know that the library is also a museum? Pick up a game board at the Children's Desk to play a fun game of 'I Spy' throughout the library.
  • Futtner’s Family Farm LLC
    Free prize drawing every half hour from 9:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Prizes valued at $15 to $20 each, include flats of plants and vegetables, potted herbs, hanging baskets, and more. Must be present for drawing and limited one prize per customer.
  • Huguenot House Museum     
    Open from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., take the opportunity to visit this site which is rarely open to the public and offering a complimentary brochure on historic sites. Merchandise available at half price.

East Haven    

  • Shore Line Trolley Museum   
    Offering half off trolley ride admissions and also museum store items from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

East Windsor

  • Connecticut Trolley Museum
    From 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., purchase one admission and receive the second admission free (higher price prevails) and one free admission per party for Connecticut residents only.

Ellington        

Essex  

  • Connecticut River Museum   
  • Everyone is a “kid” on June 8. Open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., offering morning programs, tours, crafts and stories in the museum and aboard the ship “Onrust.” Programs are free with admission.
  • Essex Steam Train & Riverboat        
  • Open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tickets for both adults and children at 20% off regular price.
  • Pratt House
    Free guided tours of the historic 1732 house from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Fairfield        

  • Fairfield University Art Museum    
    Open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., offering guests a free notecard.
  • Ogden House & Garden
    Free admission from 11 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., with tours, learn about beehives, enjoy a Colonial tea, and make a bouquet.
  • Walsh Gallery at the Regina Quick Center for the Arts
    Open from noon until 4 p.m. All visitors receive a complimentary museum notecard.

Farmington   

  • Antiq’s, LLC
    Open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., offering free antique appraisals.
  • Hill-Stead Museum
    Open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., offering a buy one membership, get one membership free.
  • Stanley-Whitman House        
    Open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Free admission from 8 a.m.-noon; half price admission from noon-4 p.m.; along with a 20% off family memberships. Farmington Farm Truck on-site from noon-3 p.m.

Franklin        

  • Ashbel Woodward House Museum
    Free admission from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. A lecture from a Franklin notable at 2 p.m., followed by a tour to a nearby cemetery (weather permitting).
  • Blue Slope Country Museum
    Reduced admission from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. of $1. Have fun with interactive activities including solving historical farming questions.

 

Gaylordsville  

Glastonbury  

  • Museum on the Green
    Open from noon until 4 p.m., offering free booklet on a walking tour of the trees of Glastonbury.

Goshen          

  • Sunset Meadows Vineyards  
    Open 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., offering a 10% discount of six bottles of wine and a free tote bag.

Greenwich    

  • Bruce Museum           
    Free admission from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
  • Greenwich Historical Society            
    Free admission from noon until 4 p.m. to the museum galleries and tours of Bush-Holley House at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Also, art activities for children and adults in homage to the first American Impressionist art colony, which was located at National Historic Landmark Bush-Holley House from 1890 to 1920. Visitors will also receive a 10% discount in the Museum Store.

Groton           

  • Avery-Copp House Museum
    Free admission from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., with free tours and children’s activities. Grounds available for picnics and games. Also, the neighborhood is hosting a community-wide event the same day and there will shuttle buses between all the sites, and a free water taxi between Groton and New London.
  • Bill Memorial Library
    Open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Day long outdoor art show and sale, along with crafts, interactive activities, food, music and book sale.
  • Ebenezer Avery House
    Open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. during the Groton Bank Day, which provided free shuttle to the places in Groton and also free water taxi. Visitors receive a free post card.
  • Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park
    Park will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., offering give-aways.
  • Mother Bailey House
    Open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.; with a display about Mother Bailey’s contributions to the rich history of the Village of Groton Bank, along with a guest presenters including the town historian and a local musician, and a children’s activity.

Guilford        

  • Dudley Farm Museum           
    Free admission from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
  • Guilford Information Center
    A free walking tour at 12 noon.
  • Henry Whitfield State Museum
    Free admission from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Try all sorts of historical games and old-time toys, including knicker boxes, nine pins, rolling hoops, draughts, and more. The fun continues with scavenger hunts in the 1639 Whitfield House, and building activities in the Visitor Center's hands-on galleries.
  • Hyland House Museum         
    Free admission from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
  • Medad Stone Tavern Museum
    Free admission from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
  • Thomas Griswold House Museum     
    Free admission from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
  • Witness Stones Project          
    Free walking tour at 9 a.m. around the historic Town Green remembering enslaved people who lived there and telling the stories of their contributions to the community.

Haddam        

  • Connecticut River Expeditions - RiverQuest
    Take a special 45-minute cruise for a special price of $5, for all ages. Begins at 9 a.m., when RiverQuest meets capacity, will leave the dock. Return and reload with last boat departing at 12:15 p.m. First come, first serve, no reservations. No credit cards, cash only.
  • Thankful Arnold House Museum      
    Free admission from noon until 4 p.m.

Hampton       

Hartford        

Harwinton     

  • Theodore A. Hungerford Memorial Museum
    Open from noon until 4 p.m., offering each visitor a personal guided tour of the museum.                                

Ivoryton

  • Company of Fifers & Drummers Museum    
    Free admission from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
  • Ivoryton Playhouse    
    Open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., offering complimentary backstage tours of the historic theater and historic memorabilia of the 108 year old theater. Visitors can purchase half price tickets ($28) for the 8 p.m. performance of Godspell (subject to availability).

Kensington    

Kent   

Lakeville

  • Lime Rock Park 
    Open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., with free admission to the park includes the opportunity to picnic on the hillside while watching Hooked on Driving, America’s #1 non-competitive performance driving program on track from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Get a free hot dog at the A Paddock Concession Stand, just let them know you want a free Open House Hummel Hot Dog. On the Midway, eEuroFest will be happening with $10 admission.

Lebanon         

  • Lebanon Historical Society Museum
    From 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., visitors can take a ride in a Model T and try your hand at old-time chores; watch demonstrations; and create a gift with cone cones or wool. Food available for purchase.

Litchfield       

Madison        

  • Allis-Bushnell House
    Free docent guided tours from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., serving light refreshments.
  • Deacon John Grave House    
    The 1685 house open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., with free guided tours and hearth cooking demonstrations preparing tasty dishes. Also, take a garden tour of the grounds.

Manchester

  • Cheney Hall   
    Home to the Little Theatre of Manchester, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. learn about LTM programs and volunteer opportunities, along with guided tours of the historic 1867 Victorian building.
  • Cheney Homestead    
    Open from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., offering tours and special programs.
  • Cheney Silk Storage Vault    
    Open from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. with tours of the 1919 silk vaults.
  • Manchester History Center    
    Open from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., with tours of the loom exhibit, machine shop for the mills, and museum shop.
  • Old Manchester Museum       
    Open from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. with tours and special programs.
  • Pitkin Glassworks      
    Open from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., where children can be “archaeologist for a day” and dig for artifacts on the historic site.
  • Woodbridge Farmstead         
    Property listed National Register of Historic Places and former Meadowbrook Dairy Farm with original farmhouse, barns, vegetable and perennial gardens. Open from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
  • Work_Space
    Not normally open on weekends, Work_Space will be opening their doors to visitors from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. to view the three art spaces. Michelle Thomas, the artist featured in the Main and Loop Galleries will be offering free mask making tutorials throughout the day.

Mansfield      

  • Art and a Little Magic           
    Open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., offering free bookmarks.
  • Atwood Farm Museum
    Free admission from noon until 4 p.m., with many farm buildings open including the blacksmith shop, along with demonstrations.
  • Stone Arches B&B
    A bed and breakfast located in the oldest house in the town of Mansfield. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., enjoy delicious scones and coffee, and get a tour of the building with information on the history and what the bed and breakfast offers.

Mashantucket

Meriden

Middletown   

  • Godfrey Memorial Library    
    Opening their doors to the general public for free tours of the resources and facility from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. This library is a membership-based genealogical and local history library and non-members usually pay a fee of $15 per day.
  • Middlesex County Historical Society            
    Free admission from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
  • Wesleyan Potters       
    Open house from noon until 4 p.m. Come and try pottery, weaving and jewelry making free of charge, with a Clay Olympics at 2 p.m.

Milford          

Mystic

  • Denison Homestead Museum
    Free admission from noon until 4 p.m.
  • Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center
    Free admission for Connecticut residents from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
  • Mystic Aquarium
    Open from 9 a.m. until 5:50 p.m. Offering $4 off general admission, good up to four guests when you mention “Connecticut Open House Day” at the admission gate. Discount available at the time of purchase; cannot be combined with any other offers. Good for general admission only.
  • Studio Jeffrey P’an
    Open from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Watch live glassblowing demonstrations throughout the day and a display of all new work in the gallery.

New Britain  

  • New Britain Industrial Museum        
    Free admission from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
  • New Britain Museum of American Art         
    Free admission from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. A special Community Day, visitors are invited to explore the collections, discover the Art Carts to enjoy hands-on art activities in the galleries, docent-led tours for an American Masterpieces Tour at 1 p.m. At 2 p.m., guest can step out on the terrace to participate in a drop-in en plein air drawing experience and enjoy the museum’s grounds.

New Haven   

  • East Street Arts          
    Open from noon until 4 p.m., with free weaving workshops for all ages and one free gift to all guests.
  • New Haven Museum
    Free admission from noon until 5 p.m.
  • Yale Center for British Art 
    Open 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Events at the Center include an introductory tour at 11 a.m., a tour of a special exhibition at 2 p.m., and an architecture tour at 3 p.m. In addition, the Museum Shop will offer a 10% discount on entire purchases.

New London

  • Custom House Maritime Museum     
    Reduced admission from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., children (14 and under) and active-duty military and their families are free.
  • Hempsted Houses      
    Free admission from noon until 4 p.m.
  • Lyman Allyn Art Museum     
    Open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., offering two-for-one admission.
  • Old Town Mill, 8 Mill St.
    Open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., offering complimentary refreshments.
  • Shaw Mansion
    Free admission from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Free tours of the mansion from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. At 2 p.m., a lecture entitled “Local Connections: Finding the H.M.S. Resolute.”

New Milford

  • Gallery 25 & Creative Arts Studio 
    Open from noon until 8 p.m. The New England Waterscolor Society and other will be painting plein air for a visual arts event. The public is invited to join in, bringing your own equipment.

Newington     

  • Thomas Deming Farm
    Free tours of this historic farmhouse from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., with Revolutionary War reenactor presentations. New this year, the building is handicap accessible.

Newtown

Niantic           

  • Brookside Farm Museum       
    Open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Unveiling of a new logo at 1 p.m. with refreshments.
  • Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut
    Open from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., offering buy one admission, get one free.
  • Samuel Smith Farmstead
    Free guided tours of the historic farmstead with demonstrations on butter making and weaving, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
  • Thomas Lee House
    Free admission from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., with house and schoolhouse tours, hands-on activities, historical exhibits, animals, and Colonial crafters.

Norfolk

  • Norfolk Farmer’s Market       
    From 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., offering free coffee. Get your ticket at the management office.

Norwalk        

Norwich        

  • Leffingwell House Museum  
    Free self-guided tours of the first floor of the historic Colonial house from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
  • Slater Memorial Museum       
    Free admission from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.
  • William A. Buckingham Library, 307 Main St.
    From 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. view the recently period restored Connecticut Civil War Governor’s Library. Books from the original library and Civil War Report and Communications books along with the American Civil War database will allow visitors to research any family members. In addition, artifacts will be displayed.

Old Mystic 

Old Saybrook

  • Saybrook Point Inn, Marina & Spa    
    Activities include:
    9 a.m.-11 a.m.: Open House at Three Stories, and coffee and pastries at the Lighthouse Lounge.
    Noon-2 p.m.: Drink special at Fresh Salt.

Orange

  • PEZ Visitor Center    
    Free admission from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. PEZ girl and PEZ candy tablet mascot will greet guests throughout the day with additional surprise.

Plymouth       

  • Plymouth Historical Society  
    Free admission from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., demonstrating the 1852 Woodruff & Beach steam engine that is the oldest stationary steam engine in the United States that is still operable. Also, showcasing a lathe that was used in the Terry Thomas & Hoadley Clock Shop, and more.

Portland        

  • Ruth Callander House Museum         
    Free admission from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. In conjunction with the publication of “Portland Farms: Then and Now,” by Susanne Anderson-Woronoff, there will be a special mini-exhibit of Portland’s farming history. The author will be available to sign the book and a et of postcard reprints will be available at no cost while they last.

Ridgefield      

Riverton        

  • Greenwood Glass Blowing Studio/Gallery   
    Studio open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., with glass blowing workshops by appointment for 5 years old and up, no experience required. Paperweight or flower workshop $45 or ornament workshop $30, both discounted rates.

Rockville       

Rocky Hill     

Rowayton

  • Rowayton Arts Center
    Open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., with live music, refreshments, and a display of en plein air art.

Scotland        

Sharon           

  • Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm           
    Open from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Visitors will receive special discount on pick-your-own strawberries (must pick 10 pounds in container).

Shelton          

  • Shelton History Center          
    Free admission from noon until 4 p.m. View an exhibit celebrating Shelton Historical Society’s 50th anniversary and the official naming of the City of Shelton when it changed from the town of Huntington.

Sherman    

  • Old Store Gift Shop & Museum 
    The Northrop House will be opened from noon until 3 p.m., with the exhibit, “Tea for Two,” displaying tea sets from around the world. Old Store will be open from noon until 4 p.m., both locations serving light refreshments.

Simsbury       

  • Red Stone Pub
    Open for tours of the historic stable and carriage house now the Red Stone Pub and then receive $1 off coupon to be used the same day.
  • Simsbury Historical Society
    Free admission from noon until 4 p.m. Free tours, on-site garden party, and view the new exhibit “From the Forest: Birch Bark and Quillwork Art.”
  • Simsbury Public Library
    Open from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., and featuring a local history program.
  • Simsbury Visitors Center
    Serving complimentary lemonade, cookies and coffee from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Guests receive three free postcards.
  • Storyteller’s Cottage
    Open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Stop in to hear local children’s authors read their books and enjoy cookies and tea after each storytime. Guests will also have the opportunity to purchase signed books from local authors.

South Windsor         

  • Wood Memorial Library & Museum
    Open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. with Native American Artifact Day. The public is invited to bring in up to three artifacts for identification. Visit the library’s Native American artifacts collection.

Southbury

  • Bullet Hill School, 215 Main St. North                
    Free admission from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., with children’s games and crafts, along with light refreshments.
  • Old Town Hall Museum
    Open from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., offering a free walking tour of the original historic center of town, South Britain

Southport      

  • Pequot Library           
    Open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., with a number of free programs taking place all day. Programs include storytime for children, a history tour for all ages, art exhibit, and a Genealogy Roundtable.

Storrs 

Stonington 

  • James Merrill House
    Open from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Tour the picturesque residence of noted American poet, and first poet laureate of Connecticut, James Merrill, in the maritime village of Stonington Borough. This historic site is not generally open to the public.

Stratford       

  • Beach House Grill
    Open from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m., with free live entertainment from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Free house beverage: wine, draft or drink with any sandwich, platter or entree; and 20% off return within 19 day coupon with any purchase.
  • Boothe Memorial Park & Museum
    Open from noon until 4 p.m., and offering free lemonade and homemade cookies.
  • Christ Episcopal Church Burying Ground     
    William Samuel Johnson, a framer of the Constitution and first president of Columbia lies buried in Christ Church Cemetery. Costumes guides will interpret his life as well as others who are interred in the historic cemetery from noon until 3 p.m.
  • Mellow Monkey
    Open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Offering:
    - Free gift to the first 100 visitors (no purchase necessary).
    - 25% off one regularly priced item.
    - Free ice cream.
    - Demonstrations by guest artists.
  • National Helicopter Museum             
    Free admission from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.
  • Sterling House Community Center    
    Open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Offering free tours and a tote bag for each participant, and light refreshments.
  • Stratford Historical Society               
    Free admission from noon until 3 p.m., tours offered with costumed docent tours. Enjoy homemade cakes, cookies and beverages made from recipes from the early 1900s; walking tours of the Green, cemetery tours, and Colonial children games on the lawn.
  • William Perry House              
    Open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Offering each visitor discounted gift certificate for rental of the property. Also, exhibiting recent archeological finds on the property.

Suffield          

Terryville      

  • Lock Museum of America
    Free admission from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
  • Terryville Public Library
    Open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., offering a “I Spy” activity for all ages to engage the visitors in learning more about the history of the community. Free coffee and hot chocolate.

Thomaston    

  • Railroad Museum of New England               
    Excursion trains will leave the Thomaston Station at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. for a scenic ride along the Naugatuck river to Fascia’s Chocolates in Waterbury and return at a reduced fare of $10 per person. Free tours of the Thomaston Train Station, built in 1881.

Tolland          

Torrington    

Uncasville

  • Shoreline Ringers       
    From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., visitors will enjoy hands-on activities with music and rhythm.
  • Tantaquidgeon Museum        
    Open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., take a tour of the oldest Indian-owned and -operated museum in America and receive a complimentary giveaway, plus special guest speaker.

Vernon          

  • Arts Center East 
    Open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., offering 10% discount on gift shop purchases, along with serving light refreshments.
  • Strong Family Farm
    From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., visitors receive free seeds, gardening advice, and tours of the historic family farm. Pet the goats and watch a presentation with bunnies.
  • Valley Falls Farm
    Open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., offering free tours and sample jars of honey made on-site, along with the farm’s beekeepers will provide a talk on beekeeping.
  • Vernon Historical Society                  
    Free admission from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Visitors can enter a drawing to win two tickets to the bus tour: “The Tankerhoosen, Vernon’s Quiet Valley”, a $20 value. Bus tour on June 9, at 1 p.m.

Wallingford  

  • Gouveia Vineyards                
    Open from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Have fun playing an assortment of games and winning prizes.
  • Paradise Hills Vineyard & Winery                
    Open from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Visitors receive a special offer of 15% off a full case of wine, or a mixed case of wine (12 bottles).

Washington   

  • H.O.R.S.E. of Connecticut                
    The farm will be open from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., with free hourly tours until 2 p.m.
  • Institute for American Indian Studies                       
    Free admission from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., last admission at 4:30 p.m., offering tours, children’s crafts, storytelling and demonstrations of traditional Native American technology. Participate in hands-on history and connect with a culture that has more than 10,000 years of history.

Waterbury    

  • Fascia’s Chocolates                
    Open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. with free Mini Chocolate Experience, a presentation giving an overview of the origins of chocolate and how it gets from a bean to a bar to a box. Reduced pricing to Make-Your-Own Chocolate Bar, along with an outside vendor fair with artisan crafters, entertainment and food truck. Collaboration with the Railroad Museum of New England (RMNE.org) for people to ride the train from their Thomaston Station to Fascia’s.
  • Mattatuck Museum
    From 10 a.m. until noon, the museum is offering a free walking tour of Waterbury’s downtown district, highlighting the architect Henry Austin’s St. John’s Church to Cass Gilbert’s City Hall.
  • Palace Theater
    From 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., the public is invited to attend a meet, chat and take photos with the reigning Miss Connecticut and Miss Connecticut Teen.

West Hartford          

West Haven   

  • West Haven Historical Society                      
    Free admission from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., with “Native American in West Haven” exhibition.

Westbrook    

  • Westbrook Historical Society Museum                     
    Open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., offering a discount on the book “Westbrook History Happenings and Hearsay.” Costumed interpreters will explain Westbrook history and museum artifacts.

Wethersfield 

  • Keeney Memorial Cultural Center
    Open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., offering free refrigerator magnets depicting the Cove Warehouse Maritime Museum.
  • Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum
    Visitors receive half off admission for tours from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
  • Wethersfield Academy for the Arts
    From 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., tour the art studios with hands-on open sketch; sign up for summer youth programs and adult workshops during Open House Day and receive a one-day discount. Refreshments and giveaways, white elephant table of art supplies, art books and more.

Willimantic    

Willington     

  • Moosemeadow Camping Resort        
    From 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., visitors has free use of the campground’s amenities.
  • NCBunnell Studio     
    Open artist studio from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., offering complimentary refreshments and perinials.
    Property part of the Arts & Garden Tour of northeast Connecticut.
  • TBG Beads at Dragonfly Studio, 34 Old Farms Rd.      
    Open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Guests will be welcomed with yummy treats and a possible visit of some dwarf goats, and discounted prices for everyone.

Windsor        

  • Oliver Ellsworth Homestead
    Free admission from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., serving complimentary refreshments.
  • Vintage Radio & Communications Museum of Connecticut
    Half off regular admission from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
  • Windsor Historical Society    
    Free admission from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., national award-winning hands-on Strong-Howard House and the galleries. Help run a working model of the Windsor Locks Canal, have fun in the hands-on Learning Center, and interact with the re-enactors. Sample Mrs. Howard’s famous shortbread and enjoy a cool drink.

Windsor Locks

Wolcott          

  • Wolcott Historical Society                 
    Open from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Visitors receive a free bookmarks, children’s coloring books, and a brochure on a walking tour of the town’s historic green.

Woodbury     

  • Abrash Galleries                     
    Offering 20% off entire store from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Stop in for some complimentary refreshments.
  • Glebe House Museum & Gertrude Jekyll Garden                 
    Free admission from noon until 4 p.m., offering tours with costumed docents and Colonial activities. Light refreshments will be served.
  • Leroy Anderson House                      
    Open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Leroy Anderson House retains most of its original Danish modern furnishings; the house is occasionally open to the public. Pianist Cynthia Bos will play music by Leroy Anderson on the composer’s Steinway piano while visitors tour the house.