Museum Events

The museum hosts recurring programs, fundraisers, as well as special one time events. For information about our upcoming programs check out the Gunn’s event calendar.


Upcoming Events:  


Gunn Historical Museum’s Washington History Club in the Morning 

Monday, December 18, 2017, 10am at the Washington Senior Center 

Topic: Christmas Memories in Washington            

We’ll discuss family traditions, church activities, parties and gatherings, favorite gifts, and other Christmas  stories.

The Washington History Club in the Morning is a program of the Gunn Historical Museum and meets the third Monday of the months of September, December, March and June at 10:00am at the Washington Senior Center to discuss the history of Washington,Washington Depot, Marbledale, New Preston and Woodville. Share your memories and 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! Everyone is invited to attend this free program. The Washington Senior Center is located at 6 Bryan Hall Plaza, Washington Depot, CT 06794. Call the Gunn Museum at 860-868-7756 or view for more information.                                                             

New Year’s Tea and Cookie Contest

Saturday, January 6, 2018 11am-1pm (Snow date: January 9, 4-6pm)  In the Wykeham Room at the library.

Ring in the New Year with an old-fashioned tea hosted by the Gunn Historical Museum and Gunn Memorial Library. Visitors will have the opportunity to socialize with friends under the historic 1914 gilded ceiling mural by H. Siddons Mowbray and enjoy period music in the festively decorated room. We’ll also have our Washington photo albums out for guests to browse. Guests are asked to bring their favorite tea cup we’ll provide tea sandwiches.

A cookie contest will be the highlight of this year’s tea party. Those interested in participating should pre-register by calling the library at 860.868.7586 or signing up at the circulation desk:


Readings from the Archives of the Gunn Historical Museum 

Monday, January 8, 2018  10am at the Washington Senior Center

Topic: A reading of the paper, In Litchfield Hills: Washington, written by George Alson Marvin in 1897

Marvin brings readers on a tour of the entire town of Washington as he saw it when he visited in the late nineteenth century. Join us for this enchanting look back at what Washington was like over 120 years ago!

Readings from the Archives meets the first Monday of the months of October, January and April at 10:00 am 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. Everyone is invited to attend this free program. The Washington Senior Center is located at 6 Bryan Hall Plaza, Washington Depot, CT 06794. Call the Gunn Museum at 860-868-7756 or view for more information.

11th  Annual Washington Cemetery Tour

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

Take a candlelit tour through the Washington Green Cemetery and meet some of Washington’s unforgettable residents from the past! A community favorite – hundreds attend each year.

Groups of visitors will be led by tour guides dressed in vintage attire along a path of 1,000 luminaries through the Washington Cemetery. Citizens from centuries long ago will be brought to life by costumed actors who will tell their true stories; some amusing, some sad and some tragic. This year’s tour will feature all new stories!

Attendees will get numbered tickets for the tours at the Gunn Museum, on a first-come first-serve basis, starting at 6:15 pm on Friday, October 26, 2018 and continuing through the evening until the tickets run out. Tickets can’t be reserved in advance.

Tours of the cemetery depart from the Museum with eighteen people every eight minutes between 6:30-8:30pm and last approximately one hour. Refreshments, face painting for kids, and 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.

Visitors are encouraged to bring a flashlight, dress warmly, wear comfortable walking shoes, and carpool since parking is limited. The cemetery is dark and the ground is not level so the tour is not recommended for people who aren’t steady on their feet. The rain date for the Cemetery Tour is Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Admission is free, donations are welcome.