Historic Sites Last Updated: June 2021

Connecticut is filled with lots of great historic sites and attractions that you can visit on this year's Open House Day on June 12.

Adam Stanton House & General Store Museum, Clinton

In-Person Experience:
You are cordially invited to stroll the grounds and enjoy the herb and perennial flower gardens of the Adam Stanton House & General Store at 63 E. Main Street in Clinton from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.. Docents will be on hand, outside, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. to give a brief history of the house and the three generations of Stanton’s who lived there.
Virtual Experience:
Adam Stanton House Museum President and Clinton Town Historian Bob Bruch is seen narrating a brief tour of the museum which was produced and aired by CT Valley Public Access TV. Built c. 1791 and, having never left the Stanton family, the House retains its original furnishings. It's also architecturally exceptional, notable for its large scale and the presence of an authentic 18th century general store and 11 fireplaces.

 

 

Allis-Bushnell House, Madison

In-Person Experience:
The Madison Historical Society was founded more than a century ago with the goal of preserving the past for future generations. Visitors will see rare artifacts including period clothing, jewelry, and accessories, farming and shipbuilding tools, furniture, paintings, and decorative ceramics. Additionally, guests can learn about five important events in Madison’s history in the lower-level rooms of the Allis-Bushnell House Museum. All are encouraged to learn about town history and the treasures in their own backyard.

 

Atwood Farm Museum, Mansfield

In-Person Experience:
Tour the farm museum to see the Weaver's Cottage, Blacksmith's Shop, Barn, Pig Sty, Corn Crib, Chicken Coop, and Ice House. The farm will be open from 12 p.m. until  4 p.m., with free admission.
Virtual Experience:
See some of the old farm buildings with a special visit inside the Weaver's Cottage.

 

Avery-Copp House Museum, Groton

In-Person Experience: Take your own picture with our historic paper moon photo prop, along with old-fashioned games for children, scavenger hunt, and self-guided exploration of museum first floor and kitchen.
Dog friendly grounds.
Virtual Experience:
Virtual tour of the entire museum, including the kitchen and the servants quarters on the third floor.
Tour offers three viewing options,and the opportunity to click icons for enhanced descriptions of many of the objects in our collection.
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Barnes Museum, Southington

Virtual Experience:
Preview the grounds of the Barnes Museum, a historic homestead, and take a step back in time with a tour of one of the rooms. Tours are currently by appointment only, but will be opening again in July.

 

Blue Slope Country Museum, Franklin

In-Person Experience:
Open from 9  a.m. until 11 a.m., with free admission. This historical agricultural museum features many artifacts pertaining to farming.
 

 

Butler-McCook House & Garden, Hartford

In-Person Experience:
Enjoy a free tour of the first floor of the historic Butler-McCook House & Garden. Registration required at https://mccook-open-house-day-2021.eventbrite.com; same-day registration will be allowed only if the site has not reached capacity. In order to protect the health of our staff, visitors, and community, all visitors must wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

 

Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer House, Stonington

In-Person Experience:
Join us at the Capt. Palmer House for live demonstrations and hands-on activities, like butter churning and candle dipping. Admission is free for everyone on June 12.

 

Charter Oak Genealogy, Middletown

Virtual Experience:
Have you always wanted to learn more about your Connecticut ancestors or to solve a tough Connecticut genealogy research problem? Charter Oak Genealogy will be offering four, 25 minute virtual consultations on Connecticut research questions. Visit our website to register.

 

Cheney Homestead, Manchester

In-Person Experience:
Please join us as Nick Dubaldo (stringed instrument technician and owner of Beller’s Music in Manchester) shares information about violin maker Andrew Stavnitsky (1894-1977) of Oak Street and demonstrates the craft of violin making and repair. You will see the tools and process of violin making, be able to view a violin made by Stavnitsky, and learn about opportunities in music for yourself! Demonstration from noon-2 p.m.

Also, explore the art and gardens of the 1785 Cheney Homestead, 106 Hartford Road, Manchester, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

 

Colchester History Museum, Colchester

In-Person Experience:
Offering free admission, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. In addition, offering tours of the Colchester Burying Ground, featuring the Tomb of Gershom Bulkeley and his descendants, and tours of Colchester's historic School for Colored Children. Open House Day offers a unique opportunity to visit all three sites in one day.
Virtual Experience:
Visit the Colchester History Museum without leaving your home by taking a 360 Virtual Museum Tour. The virtual tour provides a 360 degree view of four exhibit rooms at the Colchester History Museum. Stop and start the tour with the click of a button and select information icons to learn more about the items in each exhibit. Take the virtual tour and then visit with friends to impress them with everything you already know about Colchester history!
 

 

Connecticut’s Old State House, Hartford

In-Person Experience:
Enjoy the grounds of Connecticut's Old State House between noon and 4 p.m. The 1796 National Historic Landmark served as one of Connecticut's two-state capitols. Blow bubbles, play games, participate in an outdoor scavenger hunt, or bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic on the lawn. At 1:30 p.m., rock out with the Balkun Brothers. Join an outdoor walking tour at 2:30 p.m., meet at Information Table.
Virtual Experience:
Enjoy a virtual tour of Connecticut's Old State House at noon. At 1:30 p.m., the Balkun Brothers concert will be live-streamed.

 

 

Custom House Maritime Museum, New London

In-Person Experience:
Visit New London's Custom House and see the fantastic artwork from Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School and Harbor School's third graders. They have recently completed the New London Local-History & Landmarks course, a program of the New London Maritime Society. NLMS educator Christina Corcoran writes, "The artwork from Mrs. Wallace, Mrs. Tynan, Mr. Fitzmaurice, Mrs. Clark, and Mr. Lyons' classes corresponds to five virtual field trips: 'Intro to New London's landmarks', 'New London Waterfront', 'New London in the early days', 'New London in the American Revolution, and 'New London in the Whaling era'. With each lesson, the students were asked to complete a worksheet make a drawing. The drawings were beyond my expectations and have to be shared with the community. The students enjoyed the 'draw your favorite ship' and 'favorite lighthouse' assignments the most! There are some submarine drawings as well. The students added their own favorites not addressed in the classes such as pirates walking the plank!!!"
The Custom House Maritime Museum & Shop will be opened for extended hours from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., with admission by donation, only.
Virtual Experience:
New London Maritime Society will present a brief overview of both the exhibitions at the Custom House Maritime Museum and of our lighthouse tours.

 

Darling House Barn Tours, Woodbridge

In-Person Experience:
Tours of the barns on the Nationally Registered Historic Darling Family Farm site in Woodbridge, located at 1907 Litchfield Tpke., from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Come tour the barns, see the newly planted heirloom apple orchard and the "three sisters," and some newly displayed items from our archives and collections. This event is hosted by the Amity and Woodbridge Historical Society.

 

 

Dinosaur State Park, Rocky Hill

In-Person Experience:
If you like dinosaurs, you will love the 200 million-year-old fossil trackway, interactive exhibits, and the chance to cast your own dinosaur footprint to take home.  The exhibit center will be open to the public from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., and will not charge admission as part of Connecticut Open House Day. The state park grounds are open for walking, birding, picnicking and other outdoor exploration.

 

Dudley Farm Museum, Guilford

In-Person Experience:
Welcome to The Dudley Farm Museum where the barns, outbuildings, landscapes, and woods have changed little over the last 175 years. The buildings and landscapes of today's museum illustrate the farm's late 19th-century activities, which included dairying, maple syrup production, the planting of crops, as well as the production of apples, ice, flowers, and eggs. Staff are here to not only guide you but to answer any questions. Museum will be open from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m., with free admission, donations accepted.
Virtual Experience:
Take a self-guided tour of the 10 1/2 acres of The Dudley Farm where the barns, outbuildings and farm animals will give you a glimpse into the life and work on a family farm in New England circa 1870-1910.

 

 

Ebenezer Avery House & Museum at Fort Griswold State Park, Groton

In-Person Experience:
On September 6, 1781, the Ebenezer Avery House took in wounded soldiers from the Battle of Groton Heights. The House was moved to its present location on the grounds of Fort Griswold where it is a period museum of colonial history. On June 12, they will be offering house tours.

 

Eric Sloane Museum, Kent

In-Person Experience:
Enjoy free admission on CT Open House Day and experience the Eric Sloane Museum like never before! See original works of art and the early Americana collection of Eric Sloane. Explore what life was like in the early 19th century at the new Noah Blake Cabin. Take advantage of the natural beauty of the picturesque Housatonic River Valley and the history of Kent Ironworks. The museum offers something for everyone!
Virtual Experience:
Virtual tours and presentations are available by visiting the website and social media accounts.

 

 

Finnish Hall & Museum, Canterbury

In-Person Experience:
The Finnish Hall was constructed in 1925 and the interior hall and stage are basically original in style. The facility has a newer constructed museum, library, and archive. There is memorabilia from several early Finnish American organizations in the Northeast included NYC. The visit will be supported by members with excellent background information of Finnish immigrants and the importance of them to our countries history. The tours will be available free of charge from 9 a.m. unitl 1 p.m.

 

First Church of Christ Meetinghouse, Farnington

Virtual Experience:
In celebration of 250 years of history, First Church of Christ, Congregational, 1652 welcomes you to a "Brief History of The Meetinghouse." This National Historic Landmark in Farmington, designed by Judah Woodruff, features a tall steeple which can be seen for miles. Originally a town building, it was used for both worship and public meetings until 1836. It has remained in continuous use by the church since November 25, 1772.

 

 

First Congregational Church of Litchfield, Litchfield

In-Person Experience:
We are offering tours of our historic meetinghouse beginning at 1 p.m. The church bookstore will be open. First Congregational Church of Litchfield is celebrating its 300th anniversary this year.

 

Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme

In-Person Experience:
The Florence Griswold Museum will be open free to the public. Celebrate art, history and nature in one place in the historic town of Old Lyme. Visitors can enjoy a new art exhibition, including "Bloom with a View," floral arrangements that play off a selection of artworks, stroll lush, historic gardens and riverfront Artists’ Trail, and tour the historic Griswold House. Have you seen the dining room? There is no other room like it in America!
Virtual Experience:
Visit the Museum’s website to take a virtual tour of the Griswold House and recent exhibitions, learn about the lives of the art colony artists, travel back in history through letters between a young 19th-century sea captain and his family, delve into new scholarship about the renowned photographer Walker Evans and his unforgettable images of the Great Depression, and use all of your senses as you take a guided walk into one particular painting.

 

 

Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park, Groton

In-Person Experience:
The Friends of Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park will be offering guided tours of the Fort at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m., as well as access to the Museum, Monument, and gift shop. "Abby Slocomb" will visit at noon to tell the story of her life here in Groton, where she designed the Connecticut state flag, and her adventures abroad. Visitors are welcome to tour the grounds on their own bring a picnic.
Virtual Experience:
A costumed guide leads you on a tour of the Battlefield, and tells the story of The Battle of Groton Heights.

 

 

Fort Trumbull State Park, New London

In-Person Experience:
Get an interactive history lesson at the visitor's center, or just walk the Fort and its ramparts for a view of the Thames River, a visit to Fort Trumbull has something for everyone including a boardwalk and fishing pier. Free admission to the visitor’s center and the Fort during Connecticut Open House Day; open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

 

Gillette Castle State Park, East Haddam

In-Person Experience:
It looks like a medieval fortress, but a step inside the stone castle reveals the built-in couches, table trackway, and woodcarvings that all point to the creative genius that was William Gillette. Free admission to the Castle during Connecticut Open House Day; tours are available from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Visit the website for tour tickets and details. The state park grounds are open 8 a.m. to sunset for enjoyment.

 

Glebe House Museum & Gertrude Jekyll Garden, Woodbury

In-Person Experience:
The Glebe House Museum will present an open house with free admission. The main floor of the historic site will be open for guests to view. Docents will be available to share history and answer questions about the historic site.
The Gertrude Jekyll Garden will be open for self-guided viewing.
Virtual Experience:
A video presentation "Welcome to the Glebe House" gives viewers a brief tour of the Gertrude Jekyll Garden and Glebe House Museum and shares an overview of this historic site.
The video is available through our YouTube Channel, Website, Facebook page and Instagram.

 

 

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford

In-Person Experience:
Join the Stowe Center as we celebrate Harriet Beecher Stowe’s birthday with a range of exciting new programs and touring offerings. Featuring 30 minute tours of the Stowe House and Nook Farm Walking Tours. New Haven artist/performer Karima A. Robinson will perform scenes from her newly developed one-woman play about the life of anti-lynching advocate Ida B. Wells. Reserve tickets for free.

 

Henry Whitfield State Museum, Guilford

In-Person Experience:
Tour Connecticut's oldest house for free, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Explore three floors of exhibits and antiques, and discover the complex history of nearly four centuries.

 

Hitchcock-Phillips House, Cheshire

In-Person Experience:
The Cheshire Historical Society will offer various Colonial-era exhibits and live demonstrations, such as spinning yarn, woodworking, natural history items, quilting, arts and crafts, and other colonial era demonstrations. Also, we will offer tours of the Hitchcock-Phillips House.

 

Huguenot House Museum, East Hartford

In-Person Experience:
The Museum will be open for free guided tours between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. View 1761 Makens Bemont House, 1821 Schoolhouse and 1850 Blacksmith Shop.

 

Hyland House Museum, Guilford

In-Person Experience:
Free tours available from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

 

Isham-Terry House, Hartford

In-Person Experience:
Enjoy a half-priced tour of the historic Isham-Terry House, from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Registration required at https://isham-open-house-day-2021.eventbrite.com; same-day registration will be allowed only if the site has not reached capacity. In order to protect the health of our staff, visitors, and community, all visitors must wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

 

Joseph Carpenter Silversmith Shop, Norwich

In-Person Experience:
The Joseph Carpenter Silversmith Shop, located at 71 East Town St. on the Norwichtown Green, is one of the last frame tradesmen shops left in New England. You will see the original silversmith forge from 1772 and displays on the tradesmen of Norwich. The shop will be open in 2021 to visitors for the first time, starting on June 12, from 11 a.m. unitl 3 p.m. Free for visitors, covid protocols of masks and thoughtful social distancing. Donations accepted gratefully.

 

Lebanon Historical Society Museum, Lebanon

In-Person Experience:
Celebrating traditional crafts and free Family Fun Day, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Activities include ride in a Model T, turn a wooden pen, try your hand at old-time chores: corn grinding, apple peeling, rug beating, butter churning, washboard washing, along with traditional children’s games and crafts. Watch traditional blacksmithing, crafting a wooden bucket, Windsor chair making, broom making, spinning, and wood carving demonstrations. Food available for purchase

 

Leffingwell House Museum, Norwich

In-Person Experience:
You can experience history at the Leffingwell House Museum. Receive $3 off  regular tour price of $8 all day June 12, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.Tours at 10 a.m.,11:30 a.m., and 1 p.m. As group size is limited, please make an appointment at info@leffingwellhousemuseum.org . Our staff is vaccinated but wear a mask for your protection.

 

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, Norwalk

In-Person Experience:
Offering $5 self-guided tours of the first floor period rooms. In addition to viewing the magnificent first floor period rooms and taking an exciting sneak peek at the newly acquired furniture collection, visitors will be able to explore the must-see exhibitions titled, Health, Healing and Addiction in 19th Century America and Socially Distant Art: Creativity in Lockdown.

 

Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford

Virtual Experience:
We will be offering Facebook Live feeds at five to six different times throughout the day, in which people can join us for Virtual Tom Sawyer Day: A Musical Celebration. We will be featuring local musicians, and choral groups, ourl living history actors will do readings, and we will be hosting Adelka Polak's puppetry Show Metamophis.

 

Medad Stone Tavern Museum, Guilford

In-Person Experience:
Visitors will receive a guided tour of this 1803 Tavern Museum. They will also get to visit the corn crib on the grounds. Open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

 

Meriden Historical Society, Meriden

In-Person Experience:
Vice In Meriden, an exhibit of items from Meriden businesses and manufacturers that enabled tobacco use, alcohol consumption, and gambling - all bad habits.  Open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., offering free admission.
 

 

Middlesex County Historical Society, Middletown

In-Person Experience:
Free admission from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. See our award-winning "A Vanished Port: Middletown & the Caribbean, 1750-1824" exhibit and the Middletown and World War I exhibit. Located in the 1810 General Joseph Mansfield House, 151 Main Street in Middletown.

 

Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic

In-Person Experience:
Enjoy a day on and off the water by exploring our historic village, working shipyard, indoor exhibits, and take a cruise on the Mystic River. We are offering a free passport souvenir for our new exhibition, A Spectacle in Motion: The Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage 'Round the World. Open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
 

 

Nathan Hale Homestead, Coventry

In-Person Experience:
Enjoy a free tour of the first floor of the historic Nathan Hale Homestead, from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. Registration required at by calling (860) 742-6917; same-day registration will be allowed only if the site has not reached capacity. In order to protect the health of our staff, visitors, and community, all visitors must wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

 

National Iwo Jima Memorial Park, New Britain/Newington

In-Person Experience:
Activities include historical tours of the Monument, every 15 minutes, Forever Wave Flag Program, a Betsy Ross and 5-point Star activity; games and activities for children.
 

 

Nellie McKnight Museum, Ellington

In-Person Experience:
Barnyard Babies Day exhibit features live barnyard babies; and the main museum will be open, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., with free admission. The historic 1812 Federalist-style home features eras of styles, wedding dress collection, vintage nursery, antique china collection, sewing and textile exhibit, kitchen nostalgia, vintage women's' clothing boutique, classic old fashion country store and more. The store features farmhouse collections, artisan wares and an inviting wonderland of Christmas shop.

 

New London Ledge Lighthouse, New London

Virtual Experience:
Overview of the history of lighthouses in southern Connecticut. Specifically, New London Ledge Lighthouse, it's history and the opportunity to visit the lighthouse in 2022 with guided tours.

 

Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society, West Hartford

In-Person Experience:
Come visit the birthplace of founding father and creator of American English, Noah Webster. Tour the first floor of Webster's c. 1720 home, learn more about his role as the author of the first American dictionary with the exhibit The Story Behind the Words, and explore the reproduction of the Webster family's 18th-century kitchen garden.

 

Nowash Village at Wood Memorial Library & Museum, South Windsor

In-Person Experience:
Nowashe Village is an outdoor museum of Indigenous life comprised of two wigwams, a Sachem’s house, Three Sisters garden, and communal fire area. Featured Native Artisan, Dylan Smith, will discuss the clothing, jewelry and regalia worn by East Coast Native Peoples. Activities include storytelling, hands-on crafts for kids, multimedia self-guided tour and Native American stone tools and artifacts. Free admission from noon until 4 p.m.
Virtual Experience:
Can’t visit Nowashe Village in person? Experience it at home! We offer online programs about the life ways of the Indigenous Peoples of the Connecticut River Valley. Watch the Introduction to Native Storytelling with Annawon Weeden for free. Understanding the oral tradition and a little about the types of stories that were told, sets a fascinating introduction to learning more about thousands of years of Native American history in New England.

 

 

Old Lighthouse Museum, Stonington

In-Person Experience:
Join us at the Lighthouse Museum for 19th-century lawn games! Admission is free to all on June 12.

 

Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine, East Granby

In-Person Experience:
Offering free admission all day for visitors on Connecticut Open House day! Museums hours are 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Free admission includes self-guided exploration of the open air prison yard, as well as a guided tour of the copper mine. Tours are roughly 30 minutes and traverse 100 yard loop, 75 ft. below ground. Closed toed shoes are recommended, and it is always 52 degrees in the mine. We look forward to seeing you!

 

Old North Cemetery, Hartford

Virtual Experience:
What do the founders of The Connecticut Historical Society, Wadsworth Atheneum, the American School for the Deaf, the Institute of Living, Watkinson Library and Coltsville, plus Horace Bushnell, Frederick Law Olmsted, Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Blacks and Whites, three Governors, four Congressman and two mayors, the 29th Regiment of Colored Troops and Nathan Hale’s fiancé have in common? Welcome to Old North Cemetery, Hartford's black pearl.

 

Oliver Ellsworth Homestead, Windsor

Virtual Experience:
Offering a "3D Virtual Tour" self-guiding of the Oliver Ellsworth Homestead. You can decide where you want to travel throughout The Homestead and what items inside you want to focus on. It's like being there in person

 

Osborne Homestead Museum, Derby

In-Person Experience:
Set on the Kellogg Estate of the Osbornedale State Park, visitors can explore the transformation of this modest 1800s farmhouse into an elegant twentieth century Colonial Revival style home.  Learn about Frances Osborne Kellogg’s profound attention to detail, the architectural career of her husband Waldo Kellogg, and their design influences.
1) The museum will have special, docent-led tours of the outdoor architecture between from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
2) Self-guided, in-person tours of the museum’s interior are available at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. Registration is required for interior tours; the link and details are found on museum’s web page.
Virtual Experience:
A virtual interior architectural tour can be viewed on Connecticut’s Department of Energy & Environmental Protection’s YouTube channel.

 

Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden, Suffield

In-Person Experience:
Enjoy a free tour of the first floor of the historic Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden. Registration required at https://hatheway-open-house-day-2021.eventbrite.com; same-day registration will be allowed only if the site has not reached capacity. In order to protect the health of our staff, visitors, and community, all visitors must wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

 

Pitkin Glass Works, Manchester

In-Person Experience:
From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., the site will be open for tours and there will be an opportunity for budding archaeologists (children only) to dig and sift for artifacts. Pitkin Glassworks is a historic industrial archaeological site that contains the remains of one of the oldest glass factories in New England, established in 1783.

 

Plymouth Historical Society, Plymouth

In-Person Experience:
Town-wide scavenger hunt to historic sites in Plymouth. On June 12 at 10 a.m., pick up the Passport to Plymouth at the Historical Society, 572 Main Street, Plymouth. Visit the sites, return the Passport by 3 p.m., and get gift certificates for ice cream cones at Cleveland's Country Store in Plymouth.

 

Portersville Academy, Mystic

In-Person Experience:
Free of charge tour of the Mystic River Historical Society's Portersville Academy from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.
Virtual Experience:
Video tour of Portersville Academy.

 

Shore Line Trolley Museum, East Haven

In-Person Experience:
Come Ride the Trolleys! Get a glimpse into the past on a National Historic District trolley line where trolley cars have operated for over 100 years. Your visit includes a 3-mile round trip ride and a self-guided tour. See restored cars from several major cities as we celebrate re-opening the United States. Purchase tickets online to get free admission on CT Open House Day and automatically be entered in a drawing to win a Connecticut-themed gift basket.
 

 

Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington

In-Person Experience:
Join us for free guided garden and historic house tours starting on the hour beginning at 10 a.m. with the last tour leaving at 3 p.m. While at the Stanley-Whitman House, please take in the Capitol America photography exhibit by David Ottenstein and David Lisak that is being shown throughout the History Center. The Sampler Shop, the museum store, will be open featuring locally made crafts and seasonal products, novelty items, and select consigned antique and vintage garden and home goods.

 

Stone Schoolhouse Museum & Center School History Museum, Wolcott

In-Person Experience:
These two schoolhouse museums will be open from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Offering self guided tours with staffers answering questions. We will give out free coloring books of "Wolcott History,” history book markers and several brochures on our town history.

 

Stratford Historical Society, Stratford

In-Person Experience:
We are offering tours of the historic David Judson House and we will also be offering an onsite virtual tour of the house as well as a Revolutionary War tour of the David Judson House for those who would be more comfortable with more social distancing.
Virtual Experience:
Virtual tour of the historic David Judson house.

 

 

Thomas Griswold House Museum, Guilford

In-Person Experience:
Visitors will receive a guided tour of our 1764 salt box house museum. They can also visit our blacksmith at work in our blacksmith shop.  Open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

 

The Glass House, New Canaan

Virtual Experience:
Enjoy the Glass House #Museumfromhome as Chief Curator and Creative Director, Hilary Lewis takes you through the site for a brief virtual tour of the 49-acre landscape.

 

Thomas Lee House, Niantic

In-Person Experience:
The Thomas Lee House, circa 1660 and the Little Boston School, 1803 will be open for tours along with our barns historical displays. Outdoors you can enjoy the herb garden and there will be tables of local information.

 

Wethersfield Historical Society, Wethersfield

In-Person Experience:
The Wethersfield Museum currently has three exhibits on view: Wethersfield Women, Castle on the Cove: The State Prison at Wethersfield, and our permanent exhibit Legendary People, Ordinary Lives. Admission to the museum is free and the Historical Society will be offering a free refrigerator magnet to all visitors featuring a photo of one of the society's properties.
Virtual Experience:
This exhibit is the virtual version of Wethersfield Women, currently on view in the Watson Gallery of the Wethersfield Museum. It features all the panels in the exhibit and custom photographs of the artifacts on display.
 

 

Windham Textile and History Museum - The Mill Museum, Willimantic

In-Person Experience:
Free admission to the Industrial Exhibit at the Mill Museum, from noon until 4 p.m.. See machinery including spinning frame and looms, photographs of immigrant workers and more. Self guided. Please note: the rest of the museum is still closed to the public.

 

Windsor Historical Society, Windsor

In-Person Experience:
Celebrate the beginning of the summer season with Open House Day at Windsor Historical Society. The museum and historic Strong Howard House will be open for in-person tours. Visit the special exhibit Windsor in 1921: The Paradox of Progress, and our gift shop that is full of Windsor gifts, local history books, and our large selection of Black, Latino, and Indigenous history books. Open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., admission is free.

 

Woodbridge Farmstead, Manchester

In-Person Experience:
Tour the grounds and restored English Barn, and take tea outside or inside the farmhouse decorated with bouquets from Manchester gardens. Located at 495 East Middle Turnpike in Manchester.

 

Wylie Schoolhouse, Voluntown

In-Person Experience:
Participants are invited to visit the Wylie Schoolhouse, built in 1850 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, to learn about its history and the ongoing restoration efforts underway to preserve it for future generations and by way of celebrating the town of Voluntown's 300th birthday this year. Open House hours are from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. with members of the Voluntown Historical Society serving as event hosts.