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

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.

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

10:00am – 11:00am

Youth Program: Colonial Dance Lesson
Do you know someone in grades 2-5?  Would they enjoy music, dance, and history from the colonial era?  This program will be one of interactive fun facilitated by an amazing woman who is a colonial era expert and reenactor.

Pre-registration required


SUNDAY, Apr. 28
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Connections Between Immigration, the Ensign Bickford Company, and the Town of Simsbury
Come hear about the connections prior to touring the exhibit, “Family, Factory & Fuses: The Ensign-Bickford Company.”

Pre-registration required

Members FREE, non-members $5

2:00pm – 6:00pm

Rain date:

SHS Open House
Join us for an Open House of our new Blacksmith Shop!  Also visit our Indigenous Peoples’ Wigwam and Lean to, hear music on the lawn by Liviu Pop and Friends, eat at the Cannonball Cafe, and bid on the Silent Auction.


12:00pm – 4:00pm

CT Open House
Drop in to see the  buildings, wigwam, fishing lean-to on the SHS campus.


SUNDAY, June 9
1:00pm – 5:00pm

Bushy Hill Historic District House Tour
Visit homes along Canton Rd., Wildwood Rd., and Notch Rd.

Pre-registration required – Tour tickets may be purchased at the Ellsworth Center or online.

Price in advance: $30/person
Price on June 9: $35/person

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.