Museums: the Civil War Museum will reopen on Saturday | Free time


VERNON – The New England Civil War Museum and Research Center, 14 Park Place, Rockville Section, will host a grand reopening celebration Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The opening ceremony is at 10:30 a.m.

There will be a living history camp, museum visits, raffles and a book sale.

The East Windsor Historical Society is open Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon at 115 Scantic Road.

The museum has many exhibits, from the time of indigenous peoples to colonial times, the revolutionary period, the civil war, the two world wars and down to the millennia.

The campus consists of two main buildings, several smaller museum buildings, barns and a walking path. Visitors are required to wear a mask inside the buildings.

The Strong-Porter Museum, 2382 South St., is open by appointment Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visitors can see exhibits on Coventry and Adelma Grenier Simmons’ taverns and her Caprilands herb farm.

To make an appointment, call Susan Way at 860-712-4278.

The Strong-Porter Museum, circa 1730, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Several rooms and outbuildings – including a carpentry workshop, a forge, car sheds and a barn – are open. Of particular interest are the 19th century latrines, recently returned to their original location and precisely restored.

Free entry. For more information visit: ctcoventryhistoricalsociety.

Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) will be holding a grand opening of their new cabinetry on Saturday, in conjunction with the Woodworking Weekend which will take place Saturday through Monday.

As part of a vision of more than five years at Old Sturbridge Village, the cabinetmaking workshop will join the OSV common area. Visitors can learn about historic woodworking through presentations, demonstrations and more.

Sturbridge and the surrounding area were home to some of the greatest rural cabinetmakers of the early 19th century. These carpenters were an integral part of rural communities in 19th century New England.

The village used historic and modern construction methods in building the store, which is inspired by period structures operated by artisans from the early 19th century.

The cabinet-making workshop, created by craftsmen and interpretation staff working in the village, includes a wood-burning stove – like many independent shops of the time – and a small outdoor pyre. The large timber for the construction of the shop was even cut at the village sawmill.

Woodworking Weekend, celebrating the opening of the new cabinetmaking workshop, is packed with activities A full list of Woodworking Weekend activities is available online at: / woodworking-weekend

The woodworking workshop, grand opening and weekend woodworking activities are included with standard day admission or Old Sturbridge Village membership.

Customers are encouraged to book their tickets online and in advance for their arrival date.

Information on museum tickets and opening hours can be found at:

The Somers Historical Museum, 11 Battle Street, invites you to visit on Sunday, October 17, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

See the many military items donated by Somers families over the past 59 years, including boots, jackets and helmets worn during WWII.

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