Due to the extreme heat, all 3 museums of the Tolland Historical Society will be closed on Sunday, August 14. Sorry for any inconvenience. Programs will be re-scheduled.
New Exhibit Opening in
Old Tolland County Court House
Exhibit will examine murderer’s case that was tried in Tolland in 1859
In 1859, the Tolland County Court House was the scene of a riveting murder trial when John Warren of Mansfield was accused of drowning his young wife, Julia Towne, in Willington.
The court house, which is now a museum operated by the Tolland Historical Society at 53 Tolland Green, will feature an exhibit in September that examines the murder, the trial and the lives of Warren and Towne.
Curated by museum director Ni-Ni Reinard, the exhibit will show that in 1856, Warren, then 17, was forced to marry Julia, who was 15 and claiming to be pregnant with his child. A child was never born.
In 1859, Warren drowned Towne in Willington and hid the body. Shortly after her body was found, he confessed to the murder. He was held at the Tolland Country Jail, which is also a museum operated by the Historical Society now, and was tried at the court house.
He was convicted and served 53 years in the Wethersfield Prison. He was considered a model prisoner but escaped twice during his incarceration.
The exhibit will be open Sundays Sept. 11, Sept. 18 and Sept. 25 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Unusual and Unique Exhibit
Found at the Tolland County Jail Museum
The exhibit about “U” can be found across the street at the Jail Museum. We have combed through the inventory to find the Unusual and the Unique. We hope you’ll find your visit interesting and perhaps some ideas about the curious items.
The Jail Museum is located at 52 Tolland Green. Open Sundays from 1-4 (except Labor Day weekend) thru 10/2, Smithsonian Day Saturday, 9/24 from 10-1 and by appointment. Call Museum Director, Kathy Bach at 860,872.7716.
Congratulation to all our graduates! The Tolland Historical Society hopes you enjoyed your ceremonies and celebrations and we wish you an extraordinary adventure as your strike out on the next phase of your journey.