Connecticut Open House
For immediate release: June 1, 2010
SIMSBURY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The Simsbury Historical Society will participate in the Fifth Annual Connecticut Open House Day – a unified celebration of the state’s 375th Anniversary and its fascinating world of art, history, film and tourism – on Saturday, June 12, 2010. During this one-day event, the Simsbury Historical Society, along with more than 200 other organizations and attractions throughout the state, will open its doors free to all visitors.
This statewide event, sponsored by the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism (CCT), is designed to broaden awareness among residents of Connecticut’s exceptional cultural and tourism assets and encourage them to become ambassadors who share their newfound discoveries with visiting family and friends
From 12 noon – 4 pm, visitors to the Simsbury Historical Society will enjoy free admission to explore the grounds and gardens and to visit the historic buildings, which will be open and staffed for self-touring. Learn about Ensign-Bickford’s role in early safety fuse manufacturing, find out how the one-room schoolhouse shaped 19th century education, and consider the importance of the Phelps Tavern as a public gathering place in Simsbury’s past. Paint and Plant, a horticultural craft activity, will be offered in the afternoon and volunteer gardeners will be on the grounds for additional touring.
Established in 1911, the Simsbury Historical Society owns and operates a 2+ acre complex at 800 Hopmeadow Street; its buildings include the Phelps Tavern and barn, a late 18th century center-chimney house, the Scotland North District School House, and the Ensign-Bickford Fuse Manufactory Exhibit Building. A non-profit volunteer organization that depends upon community support, the Society includes a research library and archive, museum store, and gardens with historic plantings. The Visitors Center is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 12 noon to 4 pm. For more information, call 860-658-2500.
Simsbury Historical Society
800 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury, CT 06070