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

The Museum will be closed November 25, 26 and 27, 2021 and December 19, 2021 to January 6, 2022

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.

— 2021 —

Ellsworth Building
Session 1: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Session 2: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Sled Painting

We are so excited to announce that we will be having our sled painting event again this year!

All materials will be provided: sleds, paints, brushes etc. We will have people on hand to help and inspire you (an art teacher and craft people). We will also have photos for suggestions. It is helpful to bring a smartphone to look for inspiration from Pinterest. We will have drills if you want to add some LED lights to your creation and hair dryers to hasten the paint drying time. You will leave with a completed creation to enjoy for the holidays.

The sleds will be base coated in a choice of colors: black, barn red or white — please be sure to email us at to let us know which base coat you’d like; include your phone number in case we need to reach you to clarify any details.

The cost is $40 per sled. Supplies are limited so please reserve early to guarantee a spot.

Payment by PayPal (link below included for each session) or a credit card by phone (860-658-2500) or in person in advance of the event.


Session 1: 10AM – 12PM


Session 2:  1PM – 3PM

DECEMBER 9, 10, 11 and
DECEMBER 16, 17, 18

Noon to 4:00pm

Holiday Market

Offering the following items, including schwibbogans, glass Christmas ornaments, blown glass items, fudge, primitive wooden signs, macaroons/truffles, Simsbury-themed gifts, jewelry, maple syrup and custom art.

As always, we will have many Simsbury/SimsBEARy items including books, t-shirts, wineglasses, mugs, coasters, throws and ornaments.


— 2022 —

May 14 & 15
Scout Hall
Hopmeadow Street

The Day History Came to Town: Women of Simsbury by Betsy Maguire

Save the date: performances will be held on May 14 and May 15 in Scout Hall on Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury.



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.