The Historical Society is open Thursday through Saturday from noon to four pm.
Research and Saturday tours continue to be scheduled by appointment.

The Historical Society will be closed on May 27, 2023

Ellsworth Visitors’ Center is located at 10 Phelps Lane
Phelps Tavern and Homestead is located at 800 Hopmeadow Street
The tavern is not wheelchair accessible.

— 2023 —

Questions about any of our events? Email us at and reference the event.

7:00pm – 8:00pm

Adult Lecture (NOTE: preregistration only)
“Let us fight the Devil with Fire:  People of Color and Military Service During the Civil War Era.” 
 A fascinating talk by David Naumec of CCSU that will enable us to better understand  Civil War service by African-American and Native American soldiers.

For questions, email

$8/youths and members; $10/adults

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5:30pm – 7:30pm
Abigail’s Grille and Wine Bar

Friends of the Fountain Bash
A wine and hors d’oeuvres gala will be held at Abigail’s Grille and Wine Bar to benefit the operation and maintenance of the White Memorial Fountain.

Register online by using the link below or mail a check to the Simsbury Historical Society, P.O. Box 2, Simsbury, CT 06070. Please make the check payable to “Friends of the Fountain c/o SHS.”

For questions, please email Ieke Scully at or call the Historical Society at 860-658-2500.

$100 tax deductible donation

Noon – 4:00pm

Connecticut Open House Day

Drop in to visit our wigwam and barn/carpenter’s shop


The Simsbury Historical Society is a non-profit organization that depends upon your support. Please consider making a donation to support our efforts in preserving Simsbury's rich history. If you're interested in becoming a member of the Simsbury Historical Society, please visit our Membership page.