Historical Society of Glastonbury CT

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In 1935, Glastonbury had no historical society, and the Gideon Welles House stood empty and in the way of a post office that was to be built in Glastonbury Center, at the intersection of Hebron Avenue and Main Street.  The house was to be torn down.  But Dr. Lee J. Whittles and others in Glastonbury, recognizing the house’s historic significance, formed a committee to save it from destruction.

In 1936, they succeeded by encouraging Ernest Victor Llewellyn to purchase the house and have it moved to a nearby lot on New London Turnpike.  The committee that formed to save the house became the Historical Society.  Working with Mr. Llewellyn, they had the house declared a national historic building.

From that beginning, the Historical Society of Glastonbury has continued to preserve the Town’s past, and to display it in an educational, entertaining fashion.  Please visit us at the Museum on the Green, corner of Main and Hubbard Street, or at the Welles-Shipman-Ward House, 972 Main Street, South Glastonbury.    




Our Mission

Our objective is to educate through the preservation and promotion of Glastonbury's extraordinary historical legacy by preserving, owning, maintaining and operating multiple historic properties, holding public events, providing education and other services, publishing regular newsletters and columns in the Citizen, holding membership events, and consistently updating and improving exhibits and facilities.  Support for our work comes primarily from members, business sponsors, foundations and the State and Town.  




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Supper at the Welles Tavern


Saturday, March 28th


at the Welles-Shipman-Ward House

'Tis the year 1796.  Step into Joseph Welles' taproom as a resident of Glastonbury.  Reservations Required.  $35.00


Kids in Jerusha's Kitchen: Colonial Cooking for Kids

Tuesday, April 14th

10:00am to 1:00pm

at the Welles-Shipman-Ward House

Hearth cooking class for kids 8 to 12, who prepare and enjoy a simple meal together.  Reservations required.  $15.00


Textile Arts Day

Sunday, April 19th

1:00pm -4:00pm

at the Welles-Shipman-Ward House

Our colonial ancestors made it by hand. Watch spinning, weaving, quilting, and more. Watch as the sheep are sheered. Have your silhouette cut. Admission: $5.00





Current Exhibit on Display
HALE FAMILY MEMORABILIA:  Passed down to the last male descendent of Francis Hale



Museum on the Green

Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9am-4pm


 3rd Sunday of the Month




Visit our Museum Store

"Glastonbury-Rocky Hill Ferry”  T-Shirts!


Now Available!!

 Beautiful posters and note cards of “Weathervanes of Glastonbury”


Glastonbury Book!

available at the

Museum on the Green

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