Our Museums

Built in 1720 and occupied by the Benton family for 212 years, this is the earliest house museum in Tolland County.

The oldest cellblock dates from 1856, jailer's home from 1893. Thousand of items used in Tolland homes, farms and businesses.

Beautiful 1822 courthouse in a transitional Colonial to Federal style with original Palladian window. Courtroom restored to 19th Century appearance. Exhibits.

Happening Now


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. 

Member’s Reception

Please join us at the Jail Museum for a reception put on by the museum interns for our historical society members, all part of our 50th Anniversary Celebration!

October 2nd from 1 to 4 PM Enjoy tours and refreshments

Intern News!

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.







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