Our Museums

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

OLD TOLLAND COUNTY JAIL AND MUSEUM
The oldest cellblock dates from 1856, jailer's home from 1893. Thousand of items used in Tolland homes, farms and businesses.

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

Historical Society’s 50th Anniversary Fundraising Drive Continues

The Tolland Historical Society has raised $5,570 to date in its fundraising drive that coincides with this year’s 50th anniversary celebration.
The donations include a generous $3,000 gift from David Garrity, in honor of his parents, the late Harold Garrity and the late Arlyne Garrity. Mrs. Garrity was the first president of the Tolland Historical Society in 1966 and Mr. Garrity offered his legal services to help establish the Society.
Their contributions to the formation of the Society will be recognized on June 3, 2017 when the Society holds “Arlyne’s Gold: the Tolland Historical Society 50th Anniversary Gala” from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Hicks-Stearns Museum on the historic Tolland Green. For more details, email Gala Chairwoman Celeste Senechal at celestesene5@gmail.com.
Donations are still be accepted to support the preservation of our three beloved museums: the Daniel Benton Homestead, the Old Tolland County Court House and the Old Tolland County Jail and Museum. The funds raised will also support our programs, including the annual Tolland Green Day, on which Tolland third graders visit the museums and the green to learn all about local history.
As 2016 ends, please consider making a tax-deductible gift to the Society. Donations can be mailed to the Tolland Historical Society, P.O. Box 107, Tolland, CT 06084.
The Society wishes you and your family a warm, safe and happy holiday season.

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Trick or Treat at the Jail Museum!

Ghouls and goblins of all ages are invited to trick or treat at the Old Tolland County Jail and Museum on Halloween.

The museum on the historic Tolland green will be open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31 for Tolland families to trick or treat for free.

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Thanks for a great 2016. We’re planning for another terrific year in 2017!

Our museums have closed for the season in October 2016, but the Historical Society members are busy planning for 2017.
We are continuing to accept tax-deductible donations to support the maintenance of our three beloved museums: the Daniel Benton Homestead, the Old Tolland County Court House and the Old Tolland County Jail and Museum. Donations can be sent to the Tolland Historical Society, P.O. Box 107, Tolland, CT 06084.
Celeste Senechal is leading a committee planning the Historical Society’s gala for June 3, 2017. It will be held at the Hicks-Stearns Museum on the historic Tolland Green from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and will feature the swing music of Kats ‘n’ Jammers. Email Celeste at celestesene5@gmail.com for details.
Mary-Pat Soucy and Dr. Sharron Laplante are the director and deputy director, respectively, of the annual Antiques Show, which will take place on Sunday, April 23, 2017. Mary-Pat can be reached at mpsoucy@comcast.net.

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