​    Events Update for March


The Historical Society has made the difficult decision to CANCEL our three March events - Maple Sugaring on Sunday the 15th, our Membership meeting on Tuesday the 24th and our Tavern Dinner on Sunday the 28th. We are disappointed not to host these events, but the health of our volunteers, our members and our guests is much more important and we felt that we should follow the State's directive regarding group events involving the public. We hope to reschedule our featured speaker, Kathleen Housley, for another membership meeting this year. 

While our museum is usually open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursday from 9am to 4pm, we are following the governor's directive to close non-essential businesses and will not be open for the next few weeks.   As we are in the process of training a new Executive Director (see newsletter), ensuring the health of employees and renovating the museum.   If you are looking for genealogical research enquiries, please call us 860-633-6890 or email us with your request and we will let you know what information we can get to you in the next few weeks.   

For those of you interested in the Save Cotton Hollow Mill Walls efforts, we have some information available on our website, or visit the recently launched savecottonhollowmill.org for information, updates, donation options and soon, Cottton Hollow mill shirts and totles which will benefit the preservation efforts.


"Remember the Ladies......"

        This spring,  join us to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote!

 In a March 1776 letter to her husband John Adams,  Abigail Adams, the future First Lady wrote in part, “I long to hear that you have declared an independency. And, by the way, in the new code of laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make, I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands. Remember, all men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation."        The Historical Society  is excited to present this exhibit about the role our Glastonbury heroines, the Smith Sisters, played in advocating for women's rights, including the fight to give women the right to vote. 

The Cotton Hollow Mill
There have been mills operating with dams and the power of the Roaring Brook in Glastonbury since the 1600's.  Among the businesses operating since that time have been a gun powder mill during the Revolutionary War, a cotton mill, saw mills, grist mills, an anchor forge and a paper mill.  The paper mill was the last to use the Cotton Hollow stone mill until it burned in 1920.   These walls are an iconic sight for hikers and travelers through the Cotton Hollow park in South Glastonbury.
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