The Court House was the proud symbol
of Tolland’s 300th Anniversary Celebration
1715 – 2015
Open Sundays, May
through Sept. 24, 2017
(except Memorial & Labor Day Weekends)
See you in May, 2018 for an exciting new season!
View a Virtual Tour of the Court House and see some of the
regular exhibits the Museum has to offer. To be able to read a longer description of the pictures, hold the mouse over the blue icon (lower left hand corner).
ABOUT THE COURT HOUSE
The Court House was built in 1822, and used for the purpose until about 1890. The second floor courtroom museum regular exhibits feature the growth of the town when it was the seat of Tolland County.
Early civic buildings are rare in Connecticut, and this beautiful 1822 courthouse has been called one of the five most important remaining examples. It replaced an earlier building built in 1785 to satisfy the requirement of the state that the town must provide a courthouse and “gaol” in order to be designated as the Tolland County Seat.
All courts in Tolland County were held here until about 1890, when they relocated to the new Memorial Building in Rockville. In 1899, a library opened on the first floor, the town’s public library until 1985, when it moved to the newly renovated Hicks Municipal Center.
The building was given to the Historical Society by the Tolland Public Library Association in 2001, becoming the Society’s third museum.
The second floor, with its cove ceiling and beautiful Palladian window, has been returned to working courtroom appearance. The back of the courtroom and the upstairs hallway contain exhibits related to the history of the building and the effects the presence of courts and jail on the growth of the town and its institutions.
The first floor is occupied by the French Canadian Genealogical Society as a library.
Group tours can be arranged, and may be combined with Jail tour.
Special event Sunday, Nov. 12!
Portrait silhouette fundraiser to benefit the Tolland Historical Society
Silhouette artist Marcella Comerford will provide beautiful, hand-cut silhouette on Sunday, Nov. 12 for a one-of-a-kind gift just in time for the holidays.
The Tolland Historical Society is now accepting appointments for this fundraiser, with a portion of the proceeds going to support its museums and programs.
By appointment only, the event will take place at the Old Tolland County Court House Museum at 53 Tolland Green in Tolland.
To reserve a time slot, visit www.signupgenius.com and search for firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event is suitable for children aged 6 months and up, and adults subjects are welcome as well.
A single silhouette costs $35, and a duplicate silhouette is $15. A 5×7 frame for one silhouette is $35, and an 8×10 frame for two to three silhouettes is $45.
Each silhouette will be mounted on an acid-free museum board.
French Canadian Genealogical Society
Located on the first floor of the court house, the research library houses records pertaining to baptisms, marriages and burial dating back to the early 1600s. Due to the careful record keeping of the French Canadians, your chances of finding a record about your ancestor are often better than for an American one.
For more information visit website at: www.fcgsc.org