Gunn Historical Museum

The mission of the Gunn Historical Museum is to collect, preserve, and share the objects and stories which illuminate the history of Washington. Our beginnings date back to 1899 when the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution opened the Judea Historical Room in a house on the Green. When the Gunn Memorial Library was built in 1908 the collection was moved across the street into a basement room of the library. In 1965 June Willis bequeathed her house to the library and the museum moved next door.


New Year’s Tea

Saturday, January 5, 2019 11 am – 1 pm 

Snow date: Tuesday, January 8, 2019 4-6 pm

Socialize with friends and ring in the new year with an old-fashioned New Year’s Tea Party and Cookie Contest. Visitors will gather under the historic 1914 gilded ceiling mural by H. Siddons Mowbray in a festively decorated Wykeham Room. We will have Washington photo albums out for guests to browse. Bring a tea cup and we will provide tea sandwiches. Registration is requested. Please email your name(s) to info@gunnhistoricalmuseum. org or call the Library at 860-868-7586


One of the highlights of the festivities is the return of the cookie contest. The contest will give bakers an opportunity to have their culinary creations judged by professionals. Cookies should be homemade and baked by the contestant. Those interested in participating should pre-register by calling the library, signing up at the front desk, or submitting the form below. Entrants should bake 3 dozen cookies and arrive at the library at least half an hour before the event (10:30 am). Plates are to be submitted with the entry form below. Cookies will be judged in the following categories: most creative, best tasting, most festive, most original, baked by children under 16, and best overall.

Entry Form & Instructions



The Spring 2018 edition of the

Washington Chronicles is here!

Click here to read the entire article “A Walk Through New Preston in the 1960s” – Written by W. Douglas (Doug) McHan Jr.
An excerpt from this article appears in the Spring 2018 edition of The Washington Chronicles.


Hours of Operation:

The Museum is CURRENTLY CLOSED while we construct a permanent Washington exhibit. Look for our opening in early 2019!



Contact Information:

Gunn Historical Museum
5 Wykeham Road
P.O. Box 1419
Washington, CT 06793
Telephone: 860-868-7756
Stephen Bartkus, Curator
Lisa Breese, Operations Manager



Adele Worsley Garden

The panel gardens at the Gunn Historical Museum were created — and are maintained — by the Washington Garden Club in memory of Adele Worsley. Adele was a much-loved member and horticulturist who worked tirelessly for the Washington Garden Club. The flowers at the Gunn Museum are in bloom from spring to fall, so stop by and visit our beautiful gardens.


** Please note: The Gunn Historical Museum is located in a 1781 colonial home and is not currently handicap accessible, although we are looking into the possibilities of making the building more accessible.**