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The furniture and decorative arts collection includes clothing, outerwear and accessories for men, women, children and infants, “best” coverlets and quilts, and an impressive collection of everyday household linens.  Many of the linens are marked and dated, and were donated by descendents of the user.  Personal items such as the engraved rose gold key fob presented to Noah A. Phelps in 1783 when he graduated from Yale college and late 18th century silk-embroidered shoes are currently on display in Phelps Tavern exhibits.  Also on view is the mid-century “delectable mountain” variation signature quilt that includes the names of local family members such as Ensign and Humphrey as well as the signature of Jeffery O. Phelps, Jr., himself.





Simsbury Historical Society
800 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury, CT 06070