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Gunn Historical Museum
5 Wykeham Road
P.O. Box 1419
Washington, CT 06793
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Louise Van Tartwijk, Museum Director
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Stephen Bartkus, Curator
Questions about artifact donations, research requests, the museum's collection, volunteering, educational programs, exhibits, and lectures should be sent to Stephen.
Marj Vitz, Curatorial Assistant
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Exhibits & Programs
The museum is currently closed as we work on the collection, pop-up exhibits, and our new permanent Washington history exhibit. Research can be conducted and artifact donations can be made by appointment. Please call 860-868-7756.
Museum's Recurring Program Schedule for 2016
Our three popular recurring programs will now rotate monthly. All are welcome to attend and learn about the history of our town at these fun informal gatherings!
"Brownley" at 11 Kirby Road, circa 1900.
Demolished in the 1940s.
Washington History Club in the MorningMeets the third Monday of the months of September, December, March and June at 10:00 a.m. at the Washington Senior Center to discuss the history of Washington, Washington Depot, Marbledale, New Preston and Woodville. Share your stories with the group or just listen to the fascinating conversation about our town's past. Bring your photos and objects for show and tell!
Next Meeting: Monday, September 19, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.
The topic of discussion at this meeting will be Washington street names and their stories. Slaughter House Road, Church Hill Road, Christian Street, Flirtation Avenue, June Road, Bell Hill Road, etc - Did you ever wonder where these names came from? Bring your street name stories to share!
Readings from the Archives of the Gunn Historical MuseumMeets the first Monday of the months of October, January and April at 10:00 a.m. at the Washington Senior Center. Staff present a paper about the history of Washington from the museum's archive, related photos and artifacts from the museum are displayed and a discussion follows.
Next Meeting: Monday, October 3 at 10:00 a.m. - Topic to be Announced
Washington History Club at NightThe Washington History Club at Night is a program of the Gunn Historical Museum and Meets the third Tuesday of the months of November, February and May at 6:30 pm in the Wykeham Room of the Gunn Library to discuss the history of Washington, Washington Depot, Marbledale, New Preston and Woodville. Share your stories with the group or just come and listen to the fascinating conversation about our town's past. Bring your photos and objects for show and tell!
Next Meeting: Tuesday, November 15 at 6:30 p.m. - Topic to be Announced
Save the Date! 9th Annual Washington Green Cemetery Tour
Friday, October 28, 2016
The Gunn Historical Museum's 9th Annual Washington Green Cemetery Tour will take place on Friday, October 28, 2016 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Costumed tour guides will lead groups of visitors from the Gunn Museum to the Washington Green Cemetery where the town's departed citizens will be stationed at their graves to tell their tales of tragedy and triumph. Tour groups will follow a magical path of 1,000 luminarias spanning a quarter-mile through the shadowy cemetery and hear the lively and dramatic stories of Washington's past residents.
Meet at the Gunn Historical Museum and form a line. Numbered tickets for the tours will be handed out at the Gunn Museum first come first serve starting at 6:15 p.m. and continue through the night until the tickets run out. Tours of the cemetery depart from the Gunn Museum in groups of eighteen people every eight minutes between 6:30-8:30 p.m. and last approximately 45 minutes. The last tour group departs from the Museum at 8:30 p.m. A Halloween themed movie will be shown in the Wykeham Room of the Gunn Library where attendees can wait inside for their tour group to depart.
The cemetery is dark and everyone is encouraged to bring a flashlight. While this event is free, donations are appreciated. The rain date is Sunday, October 30, 2016. The Gunn Museum is located at 5 Wykeham Road, at the intersection of Wykeham Road and Route 47, in Washington, Connecticut. Parking at the Gunn is limited, please carpool and use nearby lots and side streets.
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