Wells-Shipman-Ward House, Historical Society of Glastonbury

Historical Society of Glastonbury

History Happened Here

The Historical Society of Glastonbury preserves, interprets and educates in order to promote and share the ever evolving history of Glastonbury to connect our community with our present and our past.

Our mission is to promote community activity and interest in Glastonbury’s heritage through publications, exhibits and programs and shall acquire, maintain and preserve historical properties and materials for education and research.

Visit Our Historic Sites

Welles-Shipman-Ward Property

The 1755 River Valley Mansion has been preserved in its original colonial style and has one of the largest colonial era hearth fireplaces in Connecticut.

Museum On The Green

Museum exhibits cover the town’s history from the First Peoples who resided here, the Wangunk people, through the arrival of the Colonists, 19th Century Immigration from European Countries, through the history of the mid-20th Century.

Welles-Chapman Tavern

Joseph Welles was a well-known colonial era tavern owner. He built his home on the Country Road (Main Street) and in 1796, he was granted a license to operate a tavern there.

Become Involved

The Historical Society of Glastonbury relies on donors and members to provide operating support so that we may continue to highlight the history, people, events, and important buildings and businesses that make up the diverse history of Glastonbury. We do this by adding to our collection, repairing and maintaining our historic buildings, and offering programs and events that present our history in an interesting and informative manner to residents and guests.

Jul 1
Martha Ballard Frozen River

Pop-Up Event: The Life and Times of Midwife Martha Ballard

9 am to 11 am
Wells-Shipman-Ward House
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Jul 14

Mrs. Ward’s Victorian Tea

2 pm to 4 pm
Museum on the Green
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Sep 27
Tag Sale

Annual Weekend Tag Sale

9 am to 2 pm
Wells-Shipman-Ward House
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See What We’ve Been Up To


Glastonbury Men Who Served
in The Revolutionary War

In colonial times, all able-bodied freemen between the ages of 16 and 60 were required to train with their town’s militia. These men were part-time, non-professional fighters who had to provide their own weapons when they trained and their own clothing and food if they were away.  

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Preserving Glastonbury’s Legacy

The Historical Society of Glastonbury was formed in 1938 to preserve the Gideon Welles home and it quickly became our mission to preserve and protect the important historical legacy of Glastonbury. In the years since we were formed in 1938, we have established five National Registered Historic Districts and one Local Historic District.

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History of Glastonbury

The Town of Glastonbury was established in 1693.  It was named for the town of Glastonbury in Somerset, England. Glastonbury was once home to the Wangunk people, Native Americans who lived in the central Connecticut River valley for hundreds of years.  The Wangunk people remain but reside in other towns and areas of the country.

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If you loved the book, you will love hearing more about this amazing woman! Additional information based upon the non-fiction book, A Midwife’s Tale – The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 by Laurel Ulrich, will be shared. Learn about colonial medicine at that period, the role of a midwife versus the role of a doctor, and the herbs that were used to treat illnesses. Reservations are required. The $10 fee includes a tour of house and property.

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OH NO!!!
See this great big Maple tree?  A large part broke off and it needs to all come down,  This will cost THOUSANDS of dollars and of course is not in the budget.
If you feel generous and are able please consider a donation to the Society to help defray this large unexpected expense.
SOLD OUT !!! Mrs. Ward (of the Welles-Shipman-Ward house) invites you to return to Victorian times and experience a delightful afternoon at the Museum on the Green. Sip freshly brewed tea and enjoy traditional sandwiches, scones and treats on fine china. An exhibit of Victorian dresses will be on display and Kasha Breau will fill the air with beautiful music from her harp. Space is limited, reserve soon!