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It's that time of year again.  Time to come and enjoy Unionville's Annual Jingle Bell Jubilee.   It promises to be a fun...
11/16/2019

It's that time of year again. Time to come and enjoy Unionville's Annual Jingle Bell Jubilee. It promises to be a fun event and is a great way to start the holiday season.

More fun on October 20th.  In addition to all that was already planned the event committee has added a carousel in Lions...
10/07/2019

More fun on October 20th. In addition to all that was already planned the event committee has added a carousel in Lions Pool Park. Thanks to the lead sponsors of the event - the Farmington Community Chest, Lions Clubs and Peoples United Bank for making this event possible. Numerous other local businesses have also contributed.

09/19/2019
Looking back in time as we move ahead tomorrow as a new school year begins!
08/25/2019

Looking back in time as we move ahead tomorrow as a new school year begins!

Did you know that many parks were created at the turn of the century as a way to encourage city-dwellers to explore and ...
07/16/2019

Did you know that many parks were created at the turn of the century as a way to encourage city-dwellers to explore and enjoy the beautiful suburbs? One such park, ‘Suburban Park’ opened on Memorial Day in 1895 right here in Unionville! We invite you to explore this park and it’s history by enjoying our new exhibit opening on Sunday, JULY 21 at 2:00pm. For a more in-depth look at the park and it’s recent restoration of trails done by Eagle Scout, Timothy Germano please visit our website unionvillemuseum.org for links .
Does anyone have stories of the park from family ancestors?

Unionville Museum 2019 Afghan shipment is in. If you have ordered one please contact Cathy Metcalf @(860)676-4425 to arr...
06/29/2019

Unionville Museum 2019 Afghan shipment is in. If you have ordered one please contact Cathy Metcalf @(860)676-4425 to arrange for a date and time for pick up.
$50.00 tax included.

Come on Down to find your treasure at our TAG SALE til 4pm today and Sunday 8-4pm
06/22/2019

Come on Down to find your treasure at our TAG SALE til 4pm today and Sunday 8-4pm

Come find your new treasure at Tomorrow’s TAG SALE!! 9-3pm
06/21/2019

Come find your new treasure at Tomorrow’s TAG SALE!! 9-3pm

Still time to drop off your donations...today 4-6pm or Saturday 10-2pm
06/14/2019

Still time to drop off your donations...today 4-6pm or Saturday 10-2pm

06/01/2019
UPDATE: the delivery of Afghans that was missing, has been located! See our website for additional information. Unionvil...
05/14/2019
Unionville Museum

UPDATE: the delivery of Afghans that was missing, has been located! See our website for additional information. Unionvillemuseum.org . Thank you for your patience.

Our first delivery of afghans, expected on Friday, May 10th, was unfortunately delivered to the wrong address. The mistake was discovered, the order was rerouted and we’re expecting to receive it soon. We will notify everyone who has ordered an afghan of the new delivery date and post it here .....

05/10/2019

IMPORTANT NOTICE!
Today between the hours of 11:30am- Noon , 2 large boxes that were delivered to the museum that contained our order of Afghans were stolen.
FARMINGTON POLICE has been contacted. Anyone with any information or possible observance of this crime , please call the FPD at (860) 675-2400 or call the Museum at (860) 673-2231

Our Afghan orders will be delayed until a new shipment can be arranged. Please accept our sincere apology for this untimely delay .

Thank you.

Check out some of the wonderful student Paideia Project Boards on exhibit until June 2nd.
04/29/2019

Check out some of the wonderful student Paideia Project Boards on exhibit until June 2nd.

04/19/2019
04/01/2019
Coming Soon! - pre-order form below
04/01/2019

Coming Soon! - pre-order form below

It is with Tremendous sadness we announce the passing of one of our own at UVM. Clifford Thomas Alderman1961 - 2019Cliff...
03/25/2019
Ahern Funeral Home | Hartford, CT | Unionville, CT

It is with Tremendous sadness we announce the passing of one of our own at UVM.

Clifford Thomas Alderman
1961 - 2019
Clifford Thomas Alderman died March 17, 2019 after a long struggle with complications from heart disease. Born on April 8, 1961 in Bristol, Connecticut, he lived in Unionville for most of his life. Cliff was the son of his late mother Beatrice Pearce Alderman and Truman E. Alderman. Cliff attended local schools and graduated from Farmington High School in 1979, and later received a degree from American University in Washington D.C. in 1983. Following graduation from American University, Cliff worked for various institutions in Washington D.C. which included The U.S. Department of the Interior and The White House. Cliff was especially proud of the work he did for the Interior Department on the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. Cliff would often write for The President when he spoke on matters concerning The U.S. Department of the Interior. After returning to Connecticut in the early 1990's, Cliff received a Law Degree from the University of Connecticut Law School and later Cliff was employed by The Hartford Insurance Company.For many years Cliff was a member of the Congregational Church in Burlington, where for a time he was the Clerk for the church. Cliff enjoyed gardening, stately architecture, classical music, and the beauty of nature. Cliff was a great caretaker of his parents. One of the things that Cliff loved to do was to take his mother for long rides in the country, which provided her great comfort in her later years. He was the author of many articles about local history, Cliff enjoyed making the history of the Farmington Valley come to life. Cliff gathered a large collection of Carte de Visite photos of Connecticut Veterans of the Civil War which he donated to the Connecticut Historical Society. Cliff was the author of The Images of America book, Unionville. One of the passions of Cliff's life was the Unionville Museum, where he served in many capacities, including President. Cliff was a special friend to cats and dogs, especially his beloved Airedale Terrier, Rosie.He will live in the hearts and be missed by all who knew and loved him. He is survived by his father, Truman E. Alderman, Jr., and his brother, The Rev. Dr. Keith C. Alderman and his wife Penny of Westminster, MA, his uncle Tom and aunt Marilyn Pearce of Conklin, MI, and many cousins. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Mar. 30) from 10:00 – 11:00am followed by Funeral Services in the funeral home at 11:00am. Burial will be in Center Cemetery, Burlington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Unionville Museum, 15 School Street, Unionville, CT 06085. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Hartford Courant on Mar. 24, 2019
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Ahern Funeral Home is located in the greater Hartford area. Established in 1886, we have been committed to offering the best funeral services to families in our community.

02/15/2019
The Museum recently acquired this 1877 ad for the Cowles Hardware Company of Unionville. Interestingly we actually have ...
02/10/2019

The Museum recently acquired this 1877 ad for the Cowles Hardware Company of Unionville.

Interestingly we actually have in our collection two items featured in the ad: The mouse trap and the chopper.

The company eventually relocated to Bridgeport for reasons unknown.

It's with heavy hearts that we note the recent passing of our friend and colleague Dr. Paul Kramer.  A professor by voca...
01/30/2019

It's with heavy hearts that we note the recent passing of our friend and colleague Dr. Paul Kramer.

A professor by vocation, Paul spent much of his retirement researching and writing about Farmington history. As part of that interest he also found time to support and encourage the Museum's efforts. Although his research efforts focused primarily on Farmington Village, Paul had a healthy interest in Unionville as well.

A few years ago Paul donated to the Museum a rare circa 1860 Kellogg print of John Brown to compliment our Unionville forged John Brown Pike. He always attended our exhibit openings and encouraged our efforts in numerous ways.

Paul brought to the table a brilliant mind, a keen wit and a kindly disposition. He will be sorely missed!

Until we meet again.....

Best wishes to everyone for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019!
01/01/2019

Best wishes to everyone for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019!

DANCE CARD - CLERK'S NEW YEAR SOCIAL - TRYON'S HALL  - UNIONVILLE - 1880If you lived in Unionville 138 years ago no doub...
12/30/2018

DANCE CARD - CLERK'S NEW YEAR SOCIAL - TRYON'S HALL - UNIONVILLE - 1880

If you lived in Unionville 138 years ago no doubt you would have been planning to attend the Clerks' New Years Social Ball at Tryon's Hall (Present Day Masonic Building) which was held on New Year's Eve, December 31, 1880.

Proper ladies attending would have been given a dance card with attached small pencil for jotting in the names of her dancing partners. The dance card listed the series of dances, including quadrilles, waltes,Polkas and even the Virginia Reel. It also had a section to list "Engagements" - dancing partners for the various dances.

Music was provided by Littlehale's Orchestra of New Britain and H.P. Fox served as Prompter. The job of Prompter during period dances was very important. The Prompter called out various steps of the dancers to help them with the sometimes elaborate moves of the dances.

There exist today dance groups, including at least one in Connecticut, which promote reenactments of these period dances.

Did you know that the first Connecticut Medal of Valor was issued on December 27, 1957 to Master Sergeant Albert Pensier...
12/28/2018
December 27: Hero of the 1955 Floods Receives Medal of Valor

Did you know that the first Connecticut Medal of Valor was issued on December 27, 1957 to Master Sergeant Albert Pensiero of the Conecticut National Guard in part for his work in saving lives in Unionville during the Flood of 1955?

“Master Sergeant Albert Pensiero, displaying great courageous action, and at extreme personal risk, rescued more than twenty-four people from flooded homes in Unionville, and brought them to safety on high ground....”

Check it out....

https://todayincthistory.com/2018/12/27/december-27-hero-of-the-1955-floods-receives-medal-of-valor/

  In August 1955, Connecticut experienced some of the worst flooding in its recorded history after two major hurricanes — Connie and Diane — dumped between 20 and 30 inches of rain…

Who remembers the Farmington Drive-In?Recently found this ticket for the Farmington Drive-In.Imagine it must have been s...
12/25/2018

Who remembers the Farmington Drive-In?

Recently found this ticket for the Farmington Drive-In.

Imagine it must have been someone's welcome Christmas Present 62 years ago today?!

Wishing all our friends and supporters a very Merry Christmas!
12/25/2018

Wishing all our friends and supporters a very Merry Christmas!

The Museum recently held a reception for our docents and volunteers - as usual there were lots of goodies to eat, but th...
12/18/2018

The Museum recently held a reception for our docents and volunteers - as usual there were lots of goodies to eat, but the hit of the evening were cookies and other treats from Delectable Creations - Unionville's new bakery!

Many thanks, Lisa Younger, on a job well done!

More Unionville Legacy Ornaments have arrived....
12/09/2018

More Unionville Legacy Ornaments have arrived....

2018 Silent Auction items - still time to bid!Please stop in during our normal hours - Weds/Sat/Sun 2-4 or by appointmen...
12/09/2018

2018 Silent Auction items - still time to bid!

Please stop in during our normal hours - Weds/Sat/Sun 2-4 or by appointment

A few scenes at the Museum during the Jingle Bell Jubilee yesterday evening
12/09/2018

A few scenes at the Museum during the Jingle Bell Jubilee yesterday evening

Unionville Legacy OrnamentsThought we would share some of the artwork images being added to our 2018 Unionville Legacy T...
12/08/2018

Unionville Legacy Ornaments

Thought we would share some of the artwork images being added to our 2018 Unionville Legacy Tree. These particular ornaments were created by our amazing local artist Abbe Bailey!

As you may recall, in late 2015 the Museum set up the Unionville Legacy Fund - an endowed fund comprised of donations received by the Museum in memory of local residents. The interest from the fund will be used in years to come to fund special projects of the Museum.

As part of this project we create individual ornaments commemorating these folks. The oraments, created by local artists, feature an aspect of the individual's life.

While on the one hand it is sad to thing of all of our friends who have passed on, at the same time the ornaments provide a sweet reminder of these points of light who helped make Unionville a special place to live.

Looking for that perfect gift for the holiday season ? We offer many unique items ! Stop by during the ‘Jingle Bell Jubi...
12/07/2018

Looking for that perfect gift for the holiday season ? We offer many unique items ! Stop by during the ‘Jingle Bell Jubilee’ or contact us to arrange a purchase .

12/07/2018
12/01/2018
11/27/2018
11/27/2018
11/24/2018
Wishing all of our friends and supporters a Happy Thanksgiving!  We are truly grateful for all of you!
11/22/2018

Wishing all of our friends and supporters a Happy Thanksgiving! We are truly grateful for all of you!

So.....we  had originally hoped to share this image in December in the hope that we would receive a bit of snow by then!...
11/17/2018

So.....we had originally hoped to share this image in December in the hope that we would receive a bit of snow by then! LIttle did we know!

Painting of Unionville Museum Entrance by Unionville artist P.R. Bailey - a.k.a. Abbe! A recent acquisition of the Museum.

11/14/2018
20188th Annual Jingle Bell Jubilee and Carol SingReturns To Unionville December 8th(Unionville, CT) – Unionville’s 8th A...
11/13/2018

2018
8th Annual Jingle Bell Jubilee and Carol Sing
Returns To Unionville December 8th
(Unionville, CT) – Unionville’s 8th Annual “Jungle Bell Jubilee” holiday celebration and carol sing will be held Saturday, December 8th from 4 to 6 p.m. in downtown Unionville. Co-sponsored by the Unionville Village Improvement Association and Unionville Museum, this FREE event brings together Unionville’s holiday traditions in one festive event for all to enjoy.
The festivities begin at 4 p.m. at the Unionville Museum at 15 School Street with the annual Yuletide Open House to enjoy refreshments and view holiday trees, wreaths, garlands, and centerpieces designed by local businesses and civic groups. Bring the kids and stop by the First Church of Christ Congregational Unionville at 61 Main Street for craft making and enjoy games and holiday cookie decorating at the Farmington Youth Center and Annex. Look for Frosty too. At 5:30 p.m., all are invited to gather at the gazebo in Alice Clover Pinney Park on School Street for a traditional carol sing led by First Church of Christ Choir followed by a special visit from Santa at 5:45 p.m.
“The Jubilee is filled with family friendly activities and cheer and promotes our downtown businesses and restaurants. If you have not had a chance to visit the Unionville Museum all dressed up for the holiday season it’s a special treat. Join us! ” said Patty LeBouthillier, Unionville Museum President.
Jubilee Festivities are free and supported by contributions, in-kind donations and volunteers from the Unionville Village Improvement Association (UVIA), Unionville Museum, Town of Farmington, Union School PTO, Avon Memorial Methodist Church, First Church of Christ Congregational Unionville, Unionville Lions Club, George’s Pizza, Unionville Auto-body, and Tunxis Hose Fire Company. Parking is available at Union School.
Visit www.UVIACT.org for more information. If you would like to include a wreath or garland from your local business or an organization in the Unionville Museum’s Yuletide exhibit, contact Patty LeBouthillier at 860-673-3356.
The Unionville Village Improvement Association (UVIA) was formed in August of 2000 to enhance the commercial center and to foster a sense of community while preserving Unionville’s unique history. Through downtown promotions, events, and beautification efforts, the association seeks to make Unionville an economically vibrant, pedestrian friendly village center fueled by growing neighborhood commitment that is respectful of the architectural and cultural history. For over 30 years, the Unionville Museum has been fostering an appreciation of the history, culture and traditions of the village of Unionville, Connecticut. The museum collects and preserves artifacts from its history and uses these artifacts to interpret and present Unionville's story through special exhibits, programs and events. Visit www.unionvillemuseum.org.

Trade Card for Tryon & Sanford Dry GoodsRecent Acquisition - 2018It would appear our forebears loved their pets as much ...
10/28/2018

Trade Card for Tryon & Sanford Dry Goods

Recent Acquisition - 2018

It would appear our forebears loved their pets as much as we do, based on this circa 1880 trade card from Tryon and Sanford - an early dry goods store which once operated at the site of the Unionville Masonic Building at the intersection of Main and Lovely Streets.

This card made me think - what did cats and dogs eat in the old days before canned pet food was invented.

A quick scan of online sources indicates that in the case of cats at least, they were expected in part to earn their keep by catching mice, voles and other vermin which could damage or destroy crops or stored grains, but in many cases that diet was likely supplemented by table scraps and the occasional saucer of milk.

I would imagine also that early Unionville cats,then as now, probably felt they were often on the wrong side of the door and needed human intervention to remedy that. Some truths are just immutable.

Who knows where the Sears homes are in Farmington and Unionville?  Yes, there are some!https://www.npr.org/2018/10/20/65...
10/27/2018
Sears Is Fading, But Memories Of Its Mail-Order Homes Endure

Who knows where the Sears homes are in Farmington and Unionville? Yes, there are some!

https://www.npr.org/2018/10/20/657770791/sears-is-fading-but-memories-of-its-mail-order-homes-endure?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=2048&fbclid=IwAR0i0GSJDi5RABo6Ap74MR6qsZYRPy9kPwO564ENBg6qN-JaQ7U939EaOmg

In the early 1900s, Sears sold thousands of homes around the U.S. through its mail-order catalogs. Many of those houses are still around, and their owners are saddened by the retailer's bankruptcy.

Myrtle Mills Matchbook New Museum Acquisition - 2018There was a time (back in the day when more people smoked) when ever...
10/27/2018

Myrtle Mills Matchbook

New Museum Acquisition - 2018

There was a time (back in the day when more people smoked) when every restaurant and many businesses had a bowl of free matchbooks placed prominently by the cash register or the business entrance. Of course the matchbooks advertised their business, hours, etc.

But times have changed and now it's not very common to find businesses that put out matchbooks for their patrons.

Even the Myrtle Mills luncheonette apparently gave out matches. If memory serves correctly, the luncheonette was at the end of the building toward South Main Street. The former location of the luncheonette is now the back portion of CVS.

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