Contact Us/Plan a Visit

800 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury, CT 06070
(860) 658-2500
info@simsburyhistory.org 

 

Hours & Admission

Guided Tours of our Buildings

In 2019, tours will be offered at 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays only. Tours take about 45 minutes.

Tours can also be scheduled by arrangement from Mid-October to Mid-April. Email info@simsburyhistory.org or call (860) 658-2500 to arrange a tour.

$6 for seniors   |   $8 for adults   |   $4 for children aged 6 and older (children under 6 are free)

Archives

Open by appointment only. Call (860) 658-2500 or email archives@simsburyhistory.org to arrange an appointment.

Ellsworth Visitor Center and Museum Store

10 Phelps Lane off Hopmeadow Street (Routes 10 & 202)

12:00 – 4:00 p.m. Thursday– Saturday, Year-Round
(Refer also to Holidays & Snow Days below)

Special Events

Please check our News/Events page for special events and programs.

Gardens and Grounds

You are welcome to walk our grounds and enjoy our gardens throughout the year during daylight hours.

Each building has an identifying sign with a brief description.

Directions
The Simsbury Historical Society is located in the center of Simsbury at 800 Hopmeadow Street (route US-202/CT-10), approximately 5 miles north of route US-44 and 2 miles south of route CT-315.  GPS coordinates are N 41° 52.553 W 072° 48.035; UTM are 18T E 682508 N 4638334.

  • From New York City: North on I 95 or the Merritt Parkway to Bridgeport; north on Route 8 to Waterbury; east on I 84 to Exit 39 (Route 4) in Farmington. Follow Route 4 West; turn right onto Route 10 (Waterville Road) North through Avon to Simsbury. Phelps Homestead is on right in center of town. Turn right onto Phelps Lane and left at first stop sign into our parking lot.
  • From New Haven or Hartford: I 91 North to Exit 36 (Route 178); west on Route 178 through Bloomfield to the junction with Route 185 (Simsbury Road); turn right onto 185 and continue until it intersects with Route 10 (Hopmeadow Street); turn right onto Route 10 (Hopmeadow Street) North to center of Simsbury. Turn right on Phelps Lane and left at first stop sign into our parking lot.
  • From Boston: I 90 West (Massachusetts Turnpike) to Exit 6 (I 291) in West Springfield; follow I 291 West to I 91 South; take Exit 40 (Bradley International Airport/Route 20). Follow Route 20 West to the center of Granby; turn left onto Route 10 South for 5.5 miles; Phelps Homestead is on left. Turn left on Phelps Lane to first stop sign and left into our parking lot.
  • From Bradley International Airport: West on Route 20 to the center of Granby; turn left onto Route 10 South for 5.5 miles; Phelps Homestead is on left. Turn left on Phelps Lane to first stop sign and left into our parking lot.
  • From Western Connecticut: East on I 84 to Exit 39 (Route 4) in Farmington. Follow Route 4 West; turn right onto Route 10 (Waterville Road) North through Avon to Simsbury. Phelps Homestead is on right. Turn right on Phelps Lane and left into our parking lot.
Holidays & Snow Days
Holidays
The Simsbury Historical Society is closed for the following holidays:
New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day
Thanksgiving Day and Thanksgiving Friday
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Snow Days
The Simsbury Historical Society is closed when Simsbury Public Schools are closed or delayed due to snow emergencies.

The Simsbury Historical Society is occasionally closed due to icy conditions on the grounds.  Please call ahead to confirm your visit during winter months.

Where to Stay
Simsbury 1820 House
731 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury
(860) 658-7658

The Linden House
288/290 Hopmeadow Street, Weatogue
(860) 408-1321

Where to Dine

Abigail’s Grille & Wine Bar   |   4 Hartford Road, Weatogue   |   (860) 264-1580

Cracker Barrel Pub   |   30 Main Street, Tariffville   |   (860) 651-0598

Elizabeth’s   |   32 Main Street, Tariffville   |   (860) 651-4212

Joe  Pizza   |   2 Wilcox Street, Simsbury   |   (860) 217-0312

Maple Tree Cafe   |   781 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury   |   (860) 651-1297

Metro Bis  |  690 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury  |  (860) 651-1908

Plan B at One Way Fare   |   4 Railroad Street, Simsbury   |   (860) 658-4477

Starbuck’s   |   928 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury   |   (860) 651-7957

The Mill at 2T   |   2 Tunxis Road, Tariffville   |   (860) 658-7890

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.