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Gunn Historical Museum
5 Wykeham Road
P.O. Box 1273
Washington, CT 06793
Telephone: 860-868-7756
     Museum Hours:
Thursday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Stephen Bartkus, Curator gunnmuseum@sbcglobal.net
Amie Walston, Curatorial Assistant

  • All of our programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise stated.
  • There is no admission charge, but donations are greatly appreciated.
  • We would be happy to help with your research, but our other commitments require that you make an appointment at least three weeks in advance.

  • Exhibits & Programs


    World War One Artifacts and Stories Wanted for Upcoming Exhibit

    We would like to borrow World War One artifacts for display in a major upcoming exhibit at the Gunn Museum to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War One. Over 250 men and women from Washington, CT served their country during World War One, in addition to the many residents who supported the war effort on the home front.

    The Gunn Museum is seeking the living descendants of Washington's World War One soldiers. Museum staff would like to hear about the military service of your ancestors and feature their stories in the exhibit. The Museum is also interested in borrowing World War One artifacts, memorabilia, pictures, documents, letters, scrapbooks, medals, uniforms, helmets, camp gear, and arms from the general public and collectors. Museum staff will scan all photographs and documents and immediately return them to you. Please contact the Museum to make an appointment before bringing in your items.

    Please email digital pictures of your World War One artifacts to gunnmuseum@sbcglobal.net if you would like to participate in this exhibit. For more information call 860-868-7756.

    Museum Programs at the Washington Senior Center

    Readings from the Archives

    Gunn Museum Curator Stephen Bartkus presents coffee hour readings from the archives of the Museum on the first Monday of the month at 10:00 a.m. from October to May, in the Washington Senior Center. A paper about the history of Washington from the Museum's archive is read, related photographs and artifacts from the Museum are displayed, and attendees share their memories in a discussion that follows.

    Washington History Club

    The Washington History Club meets at the Washington Senior Center on the third Monday of the month at 10:00 a.m., typically from September to June, to discuss the history of Washington and the villages of New Preston, Marbledale and Woodville. Participants are asked to bring their photographs and objects that relate to the monthly topic for show and tell. Everyone interested in the history of our town is invited to attend the meetings and share their memories.

    The Washington Senior Center is located at 6 Bryan Hall Plaza in the center of Washington Depot and can be reached at 860-868-0735.

        We participated in the statewide commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. Our exhibit, Letters from the Battlefield: Stories of Washington's Civil War Soldiers, closed on October 30, 2011 but our research from the exhibit can now be found through the link above. We are continuing our research, and new information will be added to the site. If you have material on soldiers from Washington and New Preston to share, please contact us.
    Gunn Museum Won Three Prestigious Awards for Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration

    In 2011 the Gunn Museum's Annual History Project with the Shepaug Valley Middle School 8th Grade was supported by a grant from the S. E. & L. C. Backhus Foundation and resulted in the student produced book New Preston Soldiers in the Civil War: Through Their Letters.

    For more information about Connecticut and the Civil War, please explore:

  • the Central Connecticut State University Civil War site
  • our YouTube channel and these blogs:
  • The Civil War Letters of Gunnery Student Charley Goodyear
  • The Soldiers of Washington Connecticut

    In the News... The museum was featured in an article in ONE New England online magazine.
    And the museum was commended for its collaboration with Shepaug Valley Middle School by the Connecticut Humanities Council.

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