Simsbury Historical Society

Simsbury Historical Society The SHS offers tours of our historical buildings, special events, and a variety of cultural programming on the museum grounds.
The Simsbury Historical Society occupies a beautiful and convenient two-acre site located in the center of Simsbury. Tour any of the buildings, attend a special event in our newly established concert series or visit the archives year-round. Enjoy the grounds and gardens in full color, spring through fall. Established in 1911, the Simsbury Historical Society continues its stewardship of Simsbury’s past, present and future.

The Simsbury Historical Society is a non-profit educational corporation founded in 1911 through a bequest of Abbie Sexton Barber to begin a "Historical Room" in Simsbury. Our first and current permanent home was acquired in 1962, through the gift of the Phelps family homestead. \ The Simsbury Historical Society collections now include more than one dozen structures, significant regional artifacts and important period and thematic collections. The archives include an impressive collection of primary source materials that relate to early settlements in Connecticut, the founding of Simsbury, and the development of the surrounding region. Secondary sources are particularly strong in Connecticut, family and regional history, but also include published works on historic interiors, political processes, and social and military history. Today the Simsbury Historical Society continues its stewardship of period and modern buildings, artifact and manuscript collections, and special events and workshops, which afford the general and professional public the opportunity to research and enjoy Simsbury’s past and present.

The work continues! Save the date...June 8 is the completion goal!
05/25/2019

The work continues! Save the date...June 8 is the completion goal!

Closer to completion!
05/18/2019

Closer to completion!

Getting clearer!
05/18/2019

Getting clearer!

But maybe it is...
05/18/2019

But maybe it is...

What it is, isn't exactly clear...
05/18/2019

What it is, isn't exactly clear...

There's something happening here...
05/18/2019

There's something happening here...

05/18/2019
Great news about the Farmington River - long a part of Simsbury's history!
05/12/2019

Great news about the Farmington River - long a part of Simsbury's history!

I was honored to join Senator Chris Murphy, Congresswoman Jahana Hayes, and Rep. John Hampton to mark the culmination of more than a decade of work to obtain federal protections for the lower Farmington River.
The Wild & Scenic designation ensures the Farmington River will remain in its natural free-flowing state, ensuring this beautiful waterway will be enjoyed not only by current residents, but also future generations.

This designation would not have been possible without the steadfast commitment of our Congressional delegation. They introduced legislation at least 4 times before a bill finally passed. It also would not have been possible without the Study Group. These volunteers, through grit and dogged persistence, over a years-long process, saw this through to completion. I am grateful to each and every person who worked to protect the gorgeous river that winds its way through our town and provides us with recreation, serene beauty and a connection to nature.

To learn more about the river, the importance of preserving our natural resources, and how you can get involved, please visit the Lower Farmington River/Salmon Brook Wild and Scenic and the Farmington River Watershed Association. Both are on Facebook and have websites (www.frwa.org, www.lowerfarmingtonriver.org); they are located at 749 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury.

05/11/2019
Simsbury Historical Society's cover photo
05/09/2019

Simsbury Historical Society's cover photo

05/09/2019
05/09/2019
Simsbury received an A+ rating and is #3 on the list!
05/08/2019
2019 Best Places to Live in Connecticut

Simsbury received an A+ rating and is #3 on the list!

Ranking based on crime, public schools, cost of living, job opportunities, and local amenities.

Despite the forecast, Day 2 is still happening! Come on down!
05/05/2019

Despite the forecast, Day 2 is still happening! Come on down!

05/02/2019
Best of Market - Simsbury CT.
05/02/2019

Best of Market - Simsbury CT.

May 4th & 5th Spring Thing Food and Artisan Showcase! Shopping, Food Trucks, Giveaway Fun! More info:
www.simsburyhistory.org

04/29/2019
Simsbury Historical Society's cover photo
04/27/2019

Simsbury Historical Society's cover photo

Connecticut Explored
04/08/2019

Connecticut Explored

Audience members will receive a comp copy of our Spring issue-you'll love it! See you there!

We've got two new signs - one on Hopmeadow and one by the entrance to the museum store. Many thanks to David Bailey for ...
03/25/2019

We've got two new signs - one on Hopmeadow and one by the entrance to the museum store. Many thanks to David Bailey for his hard work on, and generous donation of, the signs! Note the museum shop hours - come see what we've got...lots of new items by local artisans!

The Museum Store is right across the street from this great event! Leave some room in your shopping bag and come check o...
03/23/2019
Eric Wellman - First Selectman, Simsbury CT

The Museum Store is right across the street from this great event! Leave some room in your shopping bag and come check out the offerings from local artisans after you’ve been to the Flea!

Thank you Tamara Braz for your vision and hard work making this annual event a reality.

Another great concert at Simsbury High! Our town's musical cup runneth over!
03/18/2019

Another great concert at Simsbury High! Our town's musical cup runneth over!

We're planning some great concerts this spring and summer! In the meantime, we encourage you to support Simsbury's orche...
03/16/2019

We're planning some great concerts this spring and summer! In the meantime, we encourage you to support Simsbury's orchestra students by attending this free concert!

Make your reservation today for this great family event!
12/10/2018

Make your reservation today for this great family event!

11/29/2018
ICYMI Our own Joe Buda and Ann Hall were making heirlooms on Channel 8.  Come and paint your own sled December 1st.  Ses...
11/23/2018
Sled decorating with Simsbury Historical Society

ICYMI Our own Joe Buda and Ann Hall were making heirlooms on Channel 8. Come and paint your own sled December 1st. Sessions at 10 am and 1 pm. Cost is $40.

Whether you're looking to add a personal touch to your holiday decor, or you want to take part in a fun family craft, the Simsbury Historical Society has you covered!

The snow cover sure makes for a pretty setting for our painted sled.  You can still join us on December 1st to paint you...
11/18/2018

The snow cover sure makes for a pretty setting for our painted sled. You can still join us on December 1st to paint your very own. Painting sessions take place at 10 am or 1 pm. We are also thinking about an additional session on December 8th. Please call us at 860-658-2500 or visit online to sign up. Price is $40 and includes all materials!

09/19/2018
CT LIVE!: Make your own Scarecrow

The weather is looking great for our Scarecrow building event this Saturday. Watch here as our own Joe Buda and Ann Hall explain how it works!

Joseph Buda and Ann Hall From The Simsbury Historical Society showed us how to get your home ready for fall.

Tariffville Village Association
05/25/2018

Tariffville Village Association

Looking forward to a great day of Irish food and song!
02/09/2018

Looking forward to a great day of Irish food and song!

Thank you to Fitzgerald's Foods for sponsoring the Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus event at The Simsbury Holiday Market.Th...
10/30/2017

Thank you to Fitzgerald's Foods for sponsoring the Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus event at The Simsbury Holiday Market.
This is the second year that they have sponsored this event.

Many thanks to Tom Bodnar of White Flower Farm in Morris, CT who donated the Honey Locust tree that has been planted to ...
10/05/2017

Many thanks to Tom Bodnar of White Flower Farm in Morris, CT who donated the Honey Locust tree that has been planted to the right of the Land Trust building on the grounds.

Jennifer Klinger, our head gardener, coordinated this effort.
In the spring keep your eyes open for the characteristic leaves, thorns and pods on this new addition that are displayed below.

Alfred from Best Cleaners is missing! Everyone be on the lookout and secure your scarecrows! #Findalfred
09/30/2017

Alfred from Best Cleaners is missing! Everyone be on the lookout and secure your scarecrows! #Findalfred

HELP!!! Alfred our Scarecrow who we built for Simsbury Scarecrow Day has been Stolen!!! We are offering $50.00 in Free Dry Cleaning for his SAFE return - he must be dressed and unharmed to receive the reward! PLEASE HELP US FIND ALFRED!!!!!!! #Findalfred

If you missed the fun last Saturday, it's not too late to Build Your Own Scarecrow!  Basic Scarecrow Frames are availabl...
09/28/2017

If you missed the fun last Saturday, it's not too late to Build Your Own Scarecrow!
Basic Scarecrow Frames are available for $10.00 at the Ellsworth Center, 10 Phelps Lane, from 12:00pm - 4:00pm, Thursday through Saturday.
Bring one home and design your own creation that you will enjoy all season long.
Also Great for School or Club Projects!
Pictures by Ann Hall
#scarecrow #simsbury #halloween #autumn #harvest #holidays #Granby #Farmintonvalley #weha #avon

Many thanks to ALL involved at Scarecrow Day on September 23 - Our Volunteers, 2017 Business Participants and Sponsors!B...
09/25/2017

Many thanks to ALL involved at Scarecrow Day on September 23 - Our Volunteers, 2017 Business Participants and Sponsors!

Best Cleaners Hope Family Dentistry Benny's of Simsbury St. Mary's Simsbury Second Chance Shops Steve and Sue Basile

It's Scarecrow Day!  Come and make your scarecrow between 10:00am - 3:00pm at the Simsbury Historical Society.
09/23/2017

It's Scarecrow Day! Come and make your scarecrow between 10:00am - 3:00pm at the Simsbury Historical Society.

Simsbury Tourism
09/19/2017

Simsbury Tourism

Have you noticed the scarecrows that have popped up all around town? They’re designed to pique your interest in the Simsbury Historical Society’s upcoming Scarecrow Day fundraiser. Come on this Sat. Sept 23, 2017 from 10:00 till 3pm and build your own scarecrow to decorate your home. All supplies are provided, just bring your family and your imagination. Build the first one for $15 and the second for $10. For more information, call (860) 658-2500. The Simsbury Historical Society is a non-profit educational corporation founded in 1911.

Many thanks to Tom Hinman of Riverside Nursery Garden Center & Florist in Canton who donated the paperbark maple (Acer G...
09/17/2017

Many thanks to Tom Hinman of Riverside Nursery Garden Center & Florist in Canton who donated the paperbark maple (Acer Griseum) shown here being planted by master gardener Eric Lukinbeal and to Tammy Walker of Monrovia Growers Nurseries - Granby, CT who donated the dogwood (Cornus Constellation) and Japanese flowering cherry (Prunus Kwanzan) that now grace our grounds.

We are so fortunate to have our head gardener, Jennifer Klinger, and her master gardener volunteers working on the site and coordinating these efforts.

Come enjoy the new additions to our property.

The Scarecrows are Coming...
08/25/2017

The Scarecrows are Coming...

The Simsbury Historical Society will be closed on Saturday, September 2, 2017.  Have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day week...
08/25/2017

The Simsbury Historical Society will be closed on Saturday, September 2, 2017. Have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend!

Save the date - Saturday, September 23, 2017 - It's Scarecrow Day! Build your own scarecrow at the Simsbury Historical S...
08/20/2017

Save the date - Saturday, September 23, 2017 - It's Scarecrow Day! Build your own scarecrow at the Simsbury Historical Society from 10am-3pm.
All Supplies provided - $15 each/$10 for additional scarecrow(s).
#scarecrow #connecticut #simsbury #halloween #familyevents #farmingtonvalley #granby

The SHS has artisan made ceramic "mushrooms" for sale in the museum shop.  Each mushroom, no matter the size, is $5.00. ...
08/05/2017

The SHS has artisan made ceramic "mushrooms" for sale in the museum shop. Each mushroom, no matter the size, is $5.00. Hours are Thurs-Sat, 12-4 or call the museum at (860)658-2500.
#art #artisan #garden #mushrooms #ceramics #Simsbury

Address

800 Hopmeadow St
Simsbury, CT
06070

General information

HOURS AND ADMISSION Guided Tours of our Buildings: 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. Thursday– Saturday Mid-April to Mid-October Tours start at 12:15, 1:15, 2:15 and 3:15 p.m. Tours take about 45 minutes. $6 for adults, $4 for children aged 6 and older, free for children under 6 Tours can also be scheduled by arrangement from Mid-October to Mid-April. Email [email protected] or call 860.658.2500 to arrange a tour Also check us out on: HistoryPin: http://www.historypin.com/channels/view/id/30255114/#|photos/list/ Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/simsburyhistory/ Twitter: @SimsburyHistory Concert series, Art shows, and special events held periodically throughout the year. Any musicians interested in performing should contact Jaclyn Jones, volunteer music director ([email protected]). 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. ARCHIVES Open by appointment only. Call 860 658-2500 or email [email protected] 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

Opening Hours

Thursday 12:00 - 16:00
Friday 12:00 - 16:00
Saturday 12:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(860) 658-2500

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