Tolland Historical Society

Tolland Historical Society The Daniel Benton Homestead, The Old Tolland County Courthouse and the Old Tolland County Jail and Museum.
The Tolland Historical Society operates three museums. The Daniel Benton Homestead, The Old Tolland County Courthouse and the Old Tolland County Jail and Museum. Museums are open seasonally on Sundays 1-4pm.
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Any person, family or business interested in the purposes of the Society may become a member by making application to the Society. Volunteers always welcome.

Mission: It is the aim of the society to promote community awareness of local history

Today's answers are:No. 77: a corn planterNo. 78: a firkin, which is a quarter of a barrel that was used to carry eight ...
05/11/2020

Today's answers are:
No. 77: a corn planter
No. 78: a firkin, which is a quarter of a barrel that was used to carry eight gallons of water. Butter, fish and soap were also sold in firkins.
Hope you're enjoying following along. Stop back tomorrow at 9 a.m. and noon for two more Guess the Artifact clues.

Here's Guess the Artifact No. 78.What is it?Stop back at 3 p.m. for today's answers.
05/11/2020

Here's Guess the Artifact No. 78.
What is it?
Stop back at 3 p.m. for today's answers.

Back on the farm, it's springtime. You know what that means...What is Guess the Artifact No. 77?Stop back at noon for an...
05/11/2020

Back on the farm, it's springtime. You know what that means...
What is Guess the Artifact No. 77?
Stop back at noon for another clue and at 3 p.m. for today's answers.

Here are today's answers to Guess the Artifact.No. 75: butter moldsNo. 76: an ice cream makerWe'll back at it on Monday....
05/08/2020

Here are today's answers to Guess the Artifact.
No. 75: butter molds
No. 76: an ice cream maker
We'll back at it on Monday. See you then.

Here's Guess the Artifact No. 76.Come back at 3 p.m. for today's answers.
05/08/2020

Here's Guess the Artifact No. 76.
Come back at 3 p.m. for today's answers.

Something has to be done with all the cream you skimmed 2 weeks ago. Today you have your work ahead of you.What are thes...
05/08/2020

Something has to be done with all the cream you skimmed 2 weeks ago. Today you have your work ahead of you.
What are these items that make up Guess the Artifact No. 75?
Stop back at noon for No. 76.

Our practical item, Guess the Artifact No. 73, is a hat stand. No. 74, our whimsical item, is a mechanical bank.Visit ag...
05/07/2020

Our practical item, Guess the Artifact No. 73, is a hat stand. No. 74, our whimsical item, is a mechanical bank.
Visit again tomorrow at 9 a.m. and noon for two more clues.

Guess the Artifact No. 74 is whimsical. What is it? (Click on the photo to see the full image.)Check back at 3 p.m. for ...
05/07/2020

Guess the Artifact No. 74 is whimsical. What is it? (Click on the photo to see the full image.)
Check back at 3 p.m. for today's answers.

Today's a day for one practical item and one whimsical item.This one, Guess the Artifact No. 73, is practical. What is i...
05/07/2020

Today's a day for one practical item and one whimsical item.
This one, Guess the Artifact No. 73, is practical. What is it? (Click on the photo to see the entire item.)
Check back at noon for the whimsical one.

Here are today's answers:No. 71: A necessary chair (a potty chair)No. 72: A soapstone. (It was heated in a wood stove an...
05/06/2020

Here are today's answers:
No. 71: A necessary chair (a potty chair)
No. 72: A soapstone. (It was heated in a wood stove and wrapped in flannel and placed in the bed to warm it throughout the night. Bedrooms weren't heated in the 1800s.)
Join us again tomorrow at 9 a.m. and noon for two more Guess the Artifact items.

Guess the Artifact No. 72 was born of necessity. What is this 1800s item?Stop back at 3 p.m. for today's answers.
05/06/2020

Guess the Artifact No. 72 was born of necessity. What is this 1800s item?
Stop back at 3 p.m. for today's answers.

Wednesday is easy and practical day. A lot of artistry went into Guess the Artifact No. 71. What kind of chair is this?S...
05/06/2020

Wednesday is easy and practical day. A lot of artistry went into Guess the Artifact No. 71. What kind of chair is this?
Stop back at noon for No. 72 and at 3 p.m. for the answers.

The answers are:No. 69: a chocolate pot and matching cupNo. 70: a zither or lap harpJoin us again tomorrow at 9 a.m. and...
05/05/2020

The answers are:
No. 69: a chocolate pot and matching cup
No. 70: a zither or lap harp

Join us again tomorrow at 9 a.m. and noon for two more Guess the Artifact items.

What is Guess the Artifact No. 70?Stop back at 3 p.m. for today's answers.
05/05/2020

What is Guess the Artifact No. 70?
Stop back at 3 p.m. for today's answers.

On this #GivingTuesday, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Tolland Historical Society, which needs ...
05/05/2020

On this #GivingTuesday, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Tolland Historical Society, which needs to raise $150,000 to restore the cupola and bell tower on the 1822 Old Tolland County Court House Museum. One aim of the project is to repair the structure that holds the bell inside the tower, so we will once again be able to ring the bell.
Donations can be mailed to the Tolland Historical Society, P.O. Box 107, Tolland, CT 06084.
Any gift of any size will be greatly appreciated.

Today's items are just for fun.Guess the Artifact No. 69: what was served in these items in the 1800s?Stop back at noon ...
05/05/2020

Today's items are just for fun.
Guess the Artifact No. 69: what was served in these items in the 1800s?
Stop back at noon for our next clue.

Today's answers:No. 67: It's not a hair net. It's a snood.No. 68: They're not ambrotypes or deguerreotypes (both good ph...
05/04/2020

Today's answers:
No. 67: It's not a hair net. It's a snood.
No. 68: They're not ambrotypes or deguerreotypes (both good photography research projects for the kids who are following along). They're tin types or ferrotypes.
Stop back tomorrow at 9 a.m. and noon for two more clues.

Guess the Artifact No. 68 looks like one thing but was called something else in the 1800s. What are these items?Stop bac...
05/04/2020

Guess the Artifact No. 68 looks like one thing but was called something else in the 1800s. What are these items?
Stop back at 3 p.m. today for the answers.

Today's Guess the Artifacts look like one thing but were called something different in the 1800s.What is No. 67 (on Toll...
05/04/2020

Today's Guess the Artifacts look like one thing but were called something different in the 1800s.
What is No. 67 (on Tolland Historical Society President Kathy Bach's hair)?
Stop back at noon for No. 68.

Here are today's Guess the Artifact answers:No. 65: Shoe button hooksNo. 66: A pickle serving jar and tongs (hanging alo...
05/01/2020

Here are today's Guess the Artifact answers:
No. 65: Shoe button hooks
No. 66: A pickle serving jar and tongs (hanging along the left side of the jar)
Thanks for playing along since mid-March!

Guess the Artifact No. 66 is another practical but fancy item with an accessory.What is the item and the accessory?Stop ...
05/01/2020

Guess the Artifact No. 66 is another practical but fancy item with an accessory.
What is the item and the accessory?
Stop back at 3 p.m. for today's answers.

Today's clues are some fancy but practical items.What are these 1800s items that make up No. 65?Check back at noon for a...
05/01/2020

Today's clues are some fancy but practical items.
What are these 1800s items that make up No. 65?
Check back at noon for another clue and at 3 p.m. today for the answers to Guess the Artifact.

Today's answers are:No. 63: Assorted hat pins and a cushion.No. 64: Leather hair rollers and a curling iron.We'll have m...
04/30/2020

Today's answers are:
No. 63: Assorted hat pins and a cushion.
No. 64: Leather hair rollers and a curling iron.

We'll have more clues tomorrow at 9 a.m. and noon, and we're glad you're all following along from Tolland and beyond.

Here are some curious items from the 1800s.Together they are clue No. 64 in our Guess the Artifacts series.What are they...
04/30/2020

Here are some curious items from the 1800s.
Together they are clue No. 64 in our Guess the Artifacts series.
What are they?
Stop back at 3 p.m. for today's answers.

Most likely for ladies only today.What is Guess the Artifact No. 63?Stop back at noon for No. 64 and for the answers at ...
04/30/2020

Most likely for ladies only today.
What is Guess the Artifact No. 63?
Stop back at noon for No. 64 and for the answers at 3 p.m.

Thanks for playing along with our Guess the Artifacts series.Here are today's answers:No. 61: a washstand with a wringer...
04/29/2020

Thanks for playing along with our Guess the Artifacts series.
Here are today's answers:
No. 61: a washstand with a wringer and wash tubs
No. 62: a suction vacuum cleaner from the early 1900s

Join us again tomorrow at 9 a.m. and noon for two more clues.

What is this household item from the early 1900s?It's Guess the Artifact No. 62.Stop back at 3 p.m. for today's answers.
04/29/2020

What is this household item from the early 1900s?
It's Guess the Artifact No. 62.
Stop back at 3 p.m. for today's answers.

Dare we say modern conveniences?What is this Guess the Artifact No. 61 from the 1800s?Stop back at noon for clue No. 62.
04/29/2020

Dare we say modern conveniences?
What is this Guess the Artifact No. 61 from the 1800s?
Stop back at noon for clue No. 62.

Today's answers:No. 59: sealing wax and a letter stampNo. 60: a melodeon, which is a bellows-operated organ. This one fo...
04/28/2020

Today's answers:
No. 59: sealing wax and a letter stamp
No. 60: a melodeon, which is a bellows-operated organ. This one folds up and travels with you! It can be found in the Old Tolland County Jail and Museum on the Tolland Green. We can't wait to reopen for visitors this summer.

Stop back tomorrow at 9 a.m. and noon for two more clues.

This is Guess the Artifact No. 60, and it's not what it seems.What is it? (And you'll get extra points if you know in wh...
04/28/2020

This is Guess the Artifact No. 60, and it's not what it seems.
What is it? (And you'll get extra points if you know in which museum operated by the Tolland Historical Society this item is located.)

Return at 3 p.m. for the answer.

Today's items, No. 59 and 60, are not what they seem.What is Guess the Artifact No. 59?Stop back at noon for No. 60 and ...
04/28/2020

Today's items, No. 59 and 60, are not what they seem.
What is Guess the Artifact No. 59?
Stop back at noon for No. 60 and at 3 p.m. for the answers.

The answers to today's clues are:No. 57: an egg cartonNo. 58: two types of cream separatorsVisit again tomorrow at 9 a.m...
04/27/2020

The answers to today's clues are:
No. 57: an egg carton
No. 58: two types of cream separators

Visit again tomorrow at 9 a.m. and noon for Guess the Artifact.

Guess the Artifact No. 58 includes two items that were used for the same household chore in the 1800s.What are they?Stop...
04/27/2020

Guess the Artifact No. 58 includes two items that were used for the same household chore in the 1800s.
What are they?

Stop back at 3 p.m. for the answers to today's clues.

In the 1800s, children were heavily involved in the running of the farm and household. Daily chores were a part of life....
04/27/2020

In the 1800s, children were heavily involved in the running of the farm and household. Daily chores were a part of life.
What is this item that children might have used? It's Guess the Artifact No. 57.
Check back at noon for another clue.

Here are today's answers:No. 55: a popcorn popper, used over a wood stoveNo. 56: a bread makerVisit again at 9 a.m. and ...
04/24/2020

Here are today's answers:
No. 55: a popcorn popper, used over a wood stove
No. 56: a bread maker

Visit again at 9 a.m. and noon on Monday, April 27 for two more clues. Thanks for following along.

Address

52 Tolland Grn
Tolland, CT
06084

General information

In addition to museums we maintain Archives and Library. Educational programs for schools and youth as well as public programs are conducted. The Society sponsors annual Antiques Show.

Opening Hours

Sunday 13:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(860) 870-9599

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Comments

What a beautiful, informative, curiosity-driven website!
Have quantity of political memorabilia—might be good for your archives -give me a call
Can anyone tell me what the old road that crosses 84 between exit 68 and 69 is ? Thanks
PLEASE PASS THIS ON TO THE PEOPLE THAT YOU THINK WILL BE INTERESTED, THANK YOU. JERRY DOUGHERTY'S CONNECTICUT https://public.fotki.com/GCDOUGHERTY/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/gcdougherty/COLLECTIONS/
Is it possible to buy the William P McDermott book: Tolland, a CT Town 1715-1815? My ancestor John Coltrain lived there from 1769 to at least 1778. I have total value of taxable property for each year from 1770 to 1786. The value ranged from low of 21 pounds to a high of 44 pounds. At what economic status would he be during this time? He had 63 ac of land. Thanks, Dorothy
Can anyone give me any info on the stone sphere's and the beautiful mausoleum at the North Cemetery in Tolland? Seems out of place. SOmeone that didn't want to buried with the commoners?
I grew up in Tolland and tell my kids every year that I want to bring them to the Hick's Stearns to tour their Christmas set up and want to make this year THE year. I can't find any information anywhere though... Will it be open for Christmas tours this year? Thanks in advance!
I hope you can see these photos. We had a great time at the Benton House for the 17th c. event. https://www.facebook.com/pg/Colonial-Living-History-Alliance-162045140499235/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1329090857127985
It's not me there are 4 Dina Benton's onFacebook .that's why I created my own Facebook profile.l didn't want anyone thinking they were me.
It's always a treat to visit the Benton Homestead and step back into American history. I'm looking forward to once again meeting people who share an interest in the American Revolution and chatting with them about Forever, Side by Side - my novel of Elisha Benton and Jemima Barrows, and Tolland in the run-up to war. Hope to see you tomorrow! John