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Memorial Day Open House


For immediate release:  April 18, 2010
Contact:  Catherine Bermon
860-658-2500 ext. 102

Memorial Day Open House at the Simsbury Historical Society

Explore local history between the parades at the Simsbury Historical Society!

The Simsbury Historical Society, located at 800 Hopmeadow Street, will be open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, from 12 noon – 4 pm.   All visitors will enjoy free admission to explore the grounds and gardens and to visit the historic buildings, which will be open and staffed for self-touring.  Learn about Ensign-Bickford’s role in early safety fuse manufacturing, find out how the one-room schoolhouse shaped 19th century  education and consider the importance of the Phelps Tavern as a public gathering place in Simsbury’s past.

Beginning at 11:30 am, Kane’s Market will offer a variety of refreshments for sale at a concession stand on the Historical Society’s grounds - hamburgers, hot dogs, soda, water, and ice cream.  Visitors are welcome to picnic on the site.

Established in 1911, the Simsbury Historical Society owns and operates a 2+ acre complex; its buildings include the Phelps Tavern and barn, a late 18th century center-chimney cottage, the Scotland North District School House, and the Ensign-Bickford Fuse Manufactory Exhibit Building.  The complex includes a research archive and library, museum store and period gardens.  The Visitor Center is open year-round Tuesdays through Saturdays from 12 noon to 4 pm.  For more information, call 860-658-2500.

Parking is available at the Ellsworth Visitors Center lot, accessed from Phelps Lane.







Simsbury Historical Society
800 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury, CT 06070