The Historical Society of Glastonbury's Current Calendar

The Welles-Shipman-Ward House of The Glastonbury Historical Society

The Museum on the Green is open every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9am to 4 pm and once a month on the third Sunday of the month from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

The Welles-Shipman-Ward House  is open for special events and every Tuesday from 1:00 to 4:00 throughout the summer

2019 Events
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Highlight of Annual Events at the Museum on the Green & Welles-Shipman-Ward House
March thru May

  • Maple Sugar Madness Demonstration
  • Welles Tavern Night
  • A Step Back in Time: A Journey To A Day in Colonial Living
  • Colonial Cooking and Playtime for Children
  • Walk-Dinner Tours: Hiking thru History
  • Springtime and Gardens
  • Local Artists Exhibit

 June thru August

  • Connecticut Open House Day (every other year)
  • Militia Day
  • Tea and Tonics Under the Maple Tree
  • Dinner Lecture Series
  • Archaeology Day
  • Movie Night at the Tobacco Shed

September thru December

  • Dinner Lecture Series
  • Farm Day
  • Historic House Tour 
  • Dinner in Jerusha’s Kitchen: Colonial Cooking
  • Thanksgiving is Here!
  • HSG Members Holiday Reception

Year-Round Activities

  • Four free public historic presentations
  • Changing feature exhibits at the Museum on the Green
  • School class trips to Historical Society properties
  • Provide speakers for local organizations
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An Afternoon with Spirit
Sunday May 26
 2:00 - 4:15 p.m

Welles-Shipman-Ward House
972 Main Street, South Glastonbury

Join historian, author, and spirit medium Courtney McInvale Reardon at the Welles-Shipman-Ward House for a special gallery reading where she will pass on messages from loved ones who are in spirit. Proceeds will benefit a local charity, the Linda Clemens & Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation. 

This is not an official HSG event, however we are happy to support fellow non-profits and host this unique event.

Tickets can be purchased here:

For more information, contact Courtney at: 
or 860-754-8923

Sunday, June 2, 2019
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Militia Day

Welles- Shipman-Ward House
972 Main Street  South Glastonbury 

It is the spring of 1779 and Danbury has already been burned. A series of raids have been planned along the Connecticut coast by the English forces. British spy John Andre has put ashore on the banks of the Connecticut River to explore the shipyards of Middletown and Glastonbury for future raids. Witness the excitement when this famous spymaster and his trusted steed Huckleberry encounters the Lebanon Militia defending the shipworks in town!

The militia will be busy at work in the encampment from 1:00 to 4:00 
with the main skirmish scheduled to take place at 2:00

Walk through Ye Olde Lebanon Militia’s encampment to speak with soldiers and see them drilling and firing their artillery. Visit the doctor who will discuss medical tools and techniques used on the battlefield. The wives of the militia will be present, working on their spinning and weaving with their own stories to tell about camp life.  

Admission: $5.00 per person. Children under 10 are free.


Saturday, June 15th, 2019 
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Tea and Tonics Under The Tree 

 Welles-Shipman-Ward House 
972 Main Street South Glastonbury

Tour the house & herbal garden. Then enjoy tea & cookies under the maple tree as colonial housewife, Rebekah, discusses colonial medicine & the use of these herbs to heal her family. Reservations required. $10.00


Sunday, July 14, 2019
2:00pm - 4:00pm
High Tea

Be a guest of "Mrs. Ward" as she hosts a high tea.  Lady Georgina Hemingway of London will provide a short history of "high tea" and guide you through proper etiquette as you partake of traditional high tea treats. Tea will be held at the Museum on the Green.  
Reservations required and space is limited.  $25


August 19 and/or August 20, 2019 
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Archaeology Day

South Glastonbury 

You are invited to be an archaeologist for a day!  Join the State Archaeologist and members of FOSA at an authentic dig!  Ages 12 and up. Reservations required. Students $10, adults $25.  


Sunday, September 15th, 2019
1:00pm - 5:00pm
Farm Day 

Welles-Shipman-Ward House 
972 Main Street South Glastonbury 

HSG annually gives back to the town with this FREE family event attended by thousands. Kick off Glastonbury’s 326th anniversary by celebrating Glastonbury’s rich agricultural history. This fun-filled, family-oriented day includes intriguing colonial-era trade demonstrations, games, crafts and a petting zoo.


Friday, September 27th,  ​Saturday, September 28th , Sunday September 29th, 2019
8:00 am - 2:00 pm (Friday early bird special 7am - $10)
Tag Sale

Tobacco Shed at the Welles-Shipman-Ward House 
972 Main Street South Glastonbury 

Tag sale and consignment sale. Rain or Shine. Free admission all three days. $10 admission to Friday 7am early bird viewing. All proceeds benefit HSG Preservation and Education Projects.


​October 20, 2019 
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Beer and Bread Demonstration

Welles-Shipman-Ward House 
972 Main Street South Glastonbury 

Staples of their society then; staples of our society now, join us for a demonstration and history lesson of colonial bread making and beer brewing. There will be fresh samples to enjoy. Admission is $5 per person.


Tuesday, October 22, 2019 
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Membership Meeting with Speaker

First Church Congregational 2183 Main St. South Glastonbury

This is the fourth of four free presentation HSG sponsors throughout the year.


Sunday, November 17, 2019 
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thanksgiving is here

Welles-Shipman-Ward House 
972 Main Street South Glastonbury 

The harvest is in, the house has been made ready. We are ready for the biggest holiday of the year. Admission: $5.00

​December 2019 (Date TBD) 
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Member Holiday Reception 

Museum on the Green 
1944 Main Street Glastonbury

 Residents of the town and surrounding towns are invited to our annual reception. Light refreshments will be served and the museum will be decorated for the season. All the Christmas decor throughout the museum is for sale and has been donated.


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