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.  




Own a piece of history and help the Historical Society of Glastonbury pursue its mission of collecting, preserving, and interpreting the history of the Connecticut Town with the largest inventory of colonial homes.

Business Sponsors & Contributors
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Hiking Thru History: A Guided Tour of the Hopewell Mills Area

Monday, May 4th


Get out your hiking shoes and get ready to hike your way thru the history of the area surrounding the former Hopewell, Glazier and Slocum mill site.

The walk, talk and pizza dinner is $20. Walk alone $10.


Planning the Kitchen Garden

Sunday, May 17

1:00pm to 4:00pm at the Welles-Shipman-Ward House

It's time to plant the vegetables that will nourish the family through the coming year, and the herbs that will season their food and heal them.  Glastonbury Garden Club will be on hand to discuss our Colonial Revival Herb Garden. 
Admission: $5

Tobacco Sheds: Vanishing Treasures in the Connecticut River Valley

Tuesday, May 26th
7:30pm at First Church Congregational
2183 Main Street, Glastonbury
Presented by:
Dale & Darcy Cahil
This is one of four free presentations open to the public which the HSG sponsors throughout the year.



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



Click Here to download a copy of the Hasty Pudding "receipt"


Click Here to download a copy of Indian Flapjacks and Indian Pudding "receipts"


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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