History Last Updated 6/20

Open House Day gives you the chance to learn about the state through the screen! Here's here is a list of virtual history experiences that will be offered on June 13th.

6th Connecticut Regiment - General David Humphreys House, Ansonia

General David Humphreys House welcomes the 6th Connecticut Regiment for a unique day of drilling and period camp life demonstrations. Portions of this event will be virtual and live on Facebook, but their yard will be open for this outdoor exhibit. While the presenters remain a musket length apart from each other and wear face coverings, they ask that our visiting guests follow the guidelines for distancing and our posted rules. The General David Humphreys House museum and all indoor exhibits will be closed to the public, however, guests attending the outdoor event will have restroom access at the back door of the house.

 

Academy Hall Museum - Rocky Hill Historical Society, Rocky Hill

Take a 5-minute tour of Academy Hall Museum and the Rocky Hill Historical Society, which works to preserve, protect and promote the history of Rocky Hill.

 

Adam Stanton House & General Store Museum, Clinton

Enjoy a virtual tour of the Adam Stanton House and the General Store Museum located 63 Main St. in Clinton. Built in 1791 by a wealthy, striving merchant-businessman, this museum is filled with clothing, furnishings, documents, and store inventory all belonging to the original Stanton family. 

 

American Clock & Watch Museum, Bristol

The American Clock & Watch Museum will be offering a variety of virtual experiences for the 2020 Connecticut Open House Day including a guided walk through of the museum and its history. 

 

Amistad Center for Art & Culture at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford

Virtually celebrate Juneteenth Community Day with The Amistad Center for Art & Culture and learn about rich African American culture through art, storytelling, music, and dance! Storyteller Valerie Tutson will provide a historic narrative of emancipation. Artist Kesha Bruce will talk about her artwork and creative process, then will lead a collage-based craft for youth. African Drummer Alvin Carter Jr. will lead an interactive drumming exercise, and the Mudcloth ensemble dancers will perform.

 

Avery-Copp House Museum, Groton

Explore three floors of historic house museum using our 3-D virtual tour. Move at your own pace from the public spaces on the ground floor all the way to the servant's quarters in the attic.

 

Ashbel Woodward House Museum, Franklin

Hosted in memory of Sarah Day Woodward and Janet Carlson Calvert at the Ashbel Woodward Museum, enjoy a digital art exhibition including a community art-show featuring more than 60 local artists. 

 

Atwood Farm Museum, Mansfield Center

Enjoy a 10 minute virtual tour of the historic Atwood Farm in Mansfield Center. Learn about life on the farm, including weaving, apple picking, blacksmithing and more.

 

Barnum Museum, Bridgeport

Watch a fascinating short documentary on P.T. Barnum, offered by Connecticut's historic Barnum Museum (1893) and its story of re-envisioning after the EF1 tornado. The museum continues to restore and re-imagine the iconic destination for new, 21st century audiences, introducing immersive and theatrical storytelling into the galleries. Be one of the first to see the some of the concept art and hear from our Creative Producers at BRC Imagination Arts.

 

Beaumont House - Lebanon Historical Society, Lebanon

Discover videos which tell the history of the 1792 Samuel Beaumont farmhouse, Pastor's Library, and Heartbeat of the Revolution. 

 

Butler-McCook House & Garden

Enjoy an easy 1.5 mile walking tour on the sidewalks of Hartford’s historic Main Street from the Butler-McCook House & Garden to the G. Fox Building and back. Learn how the city has evolved by viewing some of Main Street’s significant structures, while accompanied by our new audio tour guide. The guide also includes historic Main Street images from the Connecticut Landmarks archive. Try the free audio tour or download the IZI.travel app to your smartphone and search for “Discovering Historic Main Street, Hartford.”

 

Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer House, Stonington

Join the Stonington Historical Society for a brief, behind-the-scenes tour of the attic and basement of the Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer House. These spaces are never open to the general public, so make sure you tune in to get a sneak peek!

 

Clinton Historical Society, Clinton

Take a video tour of four sites located on the Clinton Historical Society campus, including the historical house museum, library, tool museum and historic gardens. The Elisha White House, built in 1750, contains period furnishings and significant 19th century paintings. Historic gardens are open to the public, and they also maintain a Museum Room in Town Hall with permanent exhibits depicting Clinton's past.

 

Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford

Connecticut Historical Society has online exhibitions, and digital programming. Through its Facebook page, the museum is offering Facebook Live tours, like the Connecticut Quilts Tour.

 

Custom House Maritime Museum, New London

Explore Remembering Ellery Thompson: Fisherman, Writer, Artist, Free Spirit, an online exhibition of the life and times of Ellery Franklin Thompson (1899-1986), whose writings, published and unpublished, provide first-hand glimpses into the 20th century maritime history of southeastern Connecticut.

 

Elton Tavern - Burlington Historical Society, Burlington

Enjoy a video tour of the historic Elton Tavern, built in 1810 and located on the Town Green in Burlington.

 

Fairfield Museum and History Center, Fairfield

Discover the award-winning exhibitions and virtual tours from home. Follow the Fairfield Museum and History Center on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube to view their Virtual Museum Series: "Where's Walt", "History Bites" and "This Old Thing."

 

Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme

Tour the beloved Florence Griswold House, where a generation of artists lived, laughed, and left behind stunning works of art - a legacy of their time spent at "Miss Florence's." View the historic rooms from angles not seen by visitors onsite. Click on items to read more about paintings and artifacts. On the second floor, view an exhibition dedicated to the Impressionist and Tonalist artists who stayed at the boardinghouse.

 

Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park, Groton

Explore Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park, site of the largest Revolutionary War battle fought in Connecticut. Join them for a tour of Fort Griswold, lead and narrated by David Rose, in period costume.

 

Harriet Beecher Stowe, Hartford

Harriet Beecher Stowe has a wealth of information on their website and a peek at many parts of the exhibits which touch upon abolition, women's suffrage and more.

 

Henry Whitfield State Museum, Guilford

Take a virtual tour of Connecticut's oldest house! Explore all three floors, including angles and corners not accessible when you're there in person. Zoom in to see things up close. Hover on a tag for more information. And if you have Virtual Reality goggles, click on the icon in the lower right corner to tour in virtual reality.

 

Indian and Colonial Research Center, Old Mystic

Watch and learn about the Indian and Colonial Research Center's resources for research, genealogy, local history, early manuscripts, maps  and early photograph collections.

 

Ireland's Great Hunger Museum, Hamden

View the museum's permanent online collections which allow you to view the artwork as well as read about its origin. Explore pieces such as An Irish Peasant and her Child and Famine Ship.

 

Leffingwell House Museum, Norwich

This year's virtual Connecticut Open House day at the Leffingwell House Museum features a special look at one of the museum's key artifacts, our 13-Star Flag designed by Norwich native Samuel Chester Reid. This tour will cover the history of the flag and a broader history of flags and flag code in America.

 

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, Norwalk

The origin story of The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion in Norwalk, CT. It was the largest private home in America when it was built at the end of the Civil War by a wealthy industrialist with a passion for modern technology.

 

Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford

The Mark Twain House & Museum staff invites you to join us via Facebook Live at 10 a.m., 12 noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on June 13, 2020, to take a once in a lifetime look at Mark Twain's home, learn some of its secrets, see objects from its collection, and perhaps even meet the man in person. 

 

Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic

Visit Mystic Seaport Museum from the comfort of your home with our stories blog. Take a video tour of our watercraft collection, explore the night skies with our planetarium director, or learn about the special tools a shipwight uses, and much more.

 

New Britain Industrial Museum, New Britain

Why did 800 children strike against a New Britain textile company in 1886? And why did it take so long to resolve the conflict? Museum director Sophie Huget will share the story, featured in "Interwoven: New Britain's Textile Industry."

 

New England Civil War Museum, Vernon

Take a virtual tour of the museum which is housed in an original Grand Army of the Republic hall and contains numerous one-of-a-kind artifacts from the Civil War.

 

Noah Webster House, West Hartford

Noah Webster House presents on Wednesdays at noon on their Facebook page, West Hartford's fascinating and often hidden history stories.

 

Norwich Heritage & Regional Visitor's Center, Norwich

Take a virtual tour of Historic Norwichtown which will highlight some of Norwichtown’s remarkable rebels and revolutionaries. On this virtual tour, you will learn about incredible individuals such as Sarah Knight, who defied traditional gender roles and was a Colonial-era tavern keeper and Jean Pierre Boyer, who briefly lived in Norwichtown, then went on to become the first President of Haiti. You’ll hear about a different kind of rebel such as brothers, Alexander and James Robertson, who were the proprietors and printers of Norwich’s first newspaper, The Norwich Packet, until their loyalist leanings forced them to leave town.

 

Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine, East Granby

Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine is offering a brief video in which they will introduce the site, it's history, and the unique features it has to offer. 

 

Osborne Homestead Museum, Derby

Take a virtual hike at Osbornedale State Park through the gorgeous grounds and flowers.

 

Palace Theater, Waterbury

Take a virtual tour of this historic theater which will give a Google Street View inside the Palace Theater. Start outside the theater on East Main Street and wander around the theater using the same controls you would use with an Outdoor Street View. There are over 50 viewpoints throughout the theater, including 20 inside the house, that give a full 360 degree panoramic view. 

 

"Saving Land, Saving History," East Haddam

Saving Land, Saving History is an East Haddam Historical Society collaboration with The East Haddam Land Trust presenting online videos of historic mills and land. Ken Simon's video showcases mills and the land while East Haddam historians narrate. Sites are well-signed with parking. This project was funded for East Haddam Historical Society by CT Humanities and The Eight Mile River. Visit the preserves and access the videos on-site on your cell phones.

 

Soldiers' Monument & Memorial Park, Winsted

One of Connecticut’s first and tallest monument to soldiers who fought in the Civil War. The three-story granite structure was built in 1890. Inside on the second floor are engraved tablets with the names of the soldiers who served. The town’s Soldiers’ Monument Commission oversees the monument and grounds where picnics, plays, weddings, military re-enactments, and band concerts have been held in the past. The park is open to the public without charge. The monument building will be open again on July 4 from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. with a reading of the Declaration of Independence.

 

Vernon Historical Society, Vernon

Tour of the recently installed permanent exhibit of a collection of etchings by local artist Gustave Hoffman (1869-1945). Dating from the late 19th to early 20th centuries, the exhibit includes scenes of rural Connecticut and work inspired by trips to Europe and Florida. Hoffman was known for developing a new type of aquatint, etchings that were printed in various colors instead of the typical blue or black.

 

Vintage Radio & Communications Museum of Connecticut, Windsor

Take a virtual tour of the museum including vintage radios and the technology behind them.

 

Watertown History Museum, Watertown

Watch The Leatherman, a short video of a local legend, featuring David Jean as Jules Bourglay, a wandering man from the 19th century.

 

Westbrook Historical Society, Westbrook

Juliana Fabrizi has created a virtual Historical Walking Tour for the town of Westbrook for her 2020 Girl Scout Gold Award. These routes are within the town's National Historic District. Using resources from the Westbrook Historical Society the virtual tours highlights Westbrook's historical homes.

 

Wethersfield Historical Society, Wethersfield

The Wethersfield Historical Society website offers a digitization of the Wethersfield Ancient Burying Ground and Village Cemetery. The cornerstone of the project is an interactive map of the burying ground with a searchable index to locate the final resting places of Wethersfield notables. Another highlight is "Articles from the Community," sorted chronologically by century, it offers a potpourri of scholarly articles and community reminiscences that are a veritable font of information.

 

Wilton Historical Society, Wilton

Wilton Historical Society is offering regular digital fun and interesting historical stories, as well as digital tours of exhibits and behind the scenes look at the museum's collection through YouTube and Facebook page.

 

Windsor Historical Society, Windsor

Watch Society Director Doug Shipman’s welcome to Windsor video and short videos featuring Society Educator John Mooney and Curator Kristen Wands, which take place inside their two historic houses, The Strong Howard House and The Hezekiah Chaffee House. Be sure to take a look at their website and the rest of the videos on their YouTube channel too.

 

 

Yale University, New Haven

Take a realistic and guided virtual tour of this historic university campus as well as the Yale Science Center. This tour is narrated by real Yale students and provides a great deal of information about the university.