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.


11th Annual Washington Green Cemetery Tour

Friday, October 26, 2018, 6:30-8:30 pm

Rain date: Sunday, October 28, 2018 6:30-8:30 pm

We are looking for actors, tour guides, set-up helpers for:  luminaries, cemetery and decorating the Library’s Wykeham Room, clean-up helpers, photographers, ticket takers, monitors and refreshment servers.

Students: as a volunteer you can earn your community service hours and have fun while doing it!

Students must be in grades 8-12.

If interested please email Lisa Breese at

or call 860-868-7756.


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.**