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.
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The Tolland Historical Society has been awarded an $11,300 CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant from CT Humanities.
The grant is for general operating support for museums and non-profit, municipal, state or Connecticut-based tribal nation organizations that provide cultural, humanities and arts projects and activities for the public.
The grant is among $16 million awarded to 624 organizations to help the state’s museums, cultural, humanities and arts organizations maintain and grow their ability to serve their community and the public. The grants can also be used to connect K-12 teachers and students to strong humanities and arts content and to improve and to improve the organizations’ information technology and digital infrastructure.
The Society will use the support grant for outreach to the Tolland community and local schools. The Society is grateful to CT Humanities and the selection committee for realizing the importance of our mission.
These grants are being administered by CT Humanities, with funding provided by the state Department of Economic and Community Development and the Connecticut Office of the Arts from the state legislature. The Society operates four museums: the Daniel Benton Homestead Museum, the Old Tolland County Court House Museum, the Old Tolland County Jail and Museum and the Tolland Military Museum.
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Thank you to the 40 supporters and donors to the Tolland Historical Society who turned out Nov. 14 to rededicate the bell tower on the Old Tolland County Court House Museum.
With many gifts, large and small, the society raised more than $100,000 to match a $100,000 state historic preservation grant to repair and restore the bell tower when extensive rot was found inside the structure holding the original bell.
Over five months this summer and fall, Valley Restoration of Torrington did an excellent job on the project. The society’s fundraising motto had been “Let History Ring!” and on Sunday, we were once again able to ring the bell.
The committee that oversaw the project, from left to right: consulting architect Robert Hurd, Society volunteer Dr. Sharron Laplante, Paul Bastiaane, president of Valley Restoration; Society President Kathy Bach; Society volunteer Dave Geissler and Vice President Celeste Senechal.
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Thank you very much to Jeff Kelly, the owner of Willington Pizza House and Willington Pizza Too, for making a $7,000 donation to the Tolland Historical Society, which equal the proceeds of a recent fundraiser.
Kelly agreed to donate a portion of sales at both restaurants on Nov. 5, 6 and 7 to help the society cover an unanticipated $24,000 in repairs that were discovered while we were restoring the bell tower on the Old Tolland County Court House Museum.
Kelly opened Willington Pizza in 1978 with four tables as basically as a one-man operation. By 1981, it had outgrown its original location and moved to its current location at 25 River Road (Route 32) in Willington. The second location, at 11 Phelps Way in Willington, opened in 1988.
Any business that would like to hold a similar fundraiser may contact society volunteer Mary-Pat Soucy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individual donations are always welcome as well and can be made at this website or by mail to Tolland Historical Society, P.O. Box 107, Tolland, CT 06084.
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More than 300 trick and treaters and their parents stopped by the Jail Museum on Halloween evening where Museum Director Kathy Bach, her trusty friend Gidget and the dedicated interns in the Tolland Historical Society supplied the treats.
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Congratulations and thank you to Beth and Sean Banning of Banner Water, LLC whose continued support and $5,000 donation literally put the Tolland Historical Society “over the top” in our campaign to match a $100,000 state grant with funds of our own to restore the bell tower on the Old Tolland County Court House Museum.
Please drive by and enjoy the beauty of local history restored. Watch for re-dedication events to come.
Give this a listen as we Let History Ring!
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The roof on the Old Tolland County Court House was completed on Sept. 30. The installation of lightning protection is scheduled for Oct. 6. The photos today show the taped seams of the plywood sub roof, two rows of ice and water protection. Also show are details of the copper flashing and the drip edge that was installed.
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The restoration of the bell tower atop the Old Tolland County Court House Museum is nearly complete, and this week, Paul Bastiaanse, president of Valley Restoration, the contractor on the project, Kathy Bach, president of the Tolland Historical Society and society volunteer Dr. Sharron Laplante tested out the bell.
It worked and will once again ring out across the historic Tolland Green.
The Tolland Historical Society is still raising funds to complete the project. If you would like to help, please use the “donate” button on this website, tollandhistorical.org, or mail a check to Tolland Historical Society, P.O. Box 107, Tolland, CT 06084. Indicate that the gift is for the bell tower project on the memo line
Here’s your weekly update on the restoration project on the bell tower of the Old Tolland County Court House and Museum:
The copper work is complete. All wood areas are primed, and the finish coat of paint is complete. We are awaiting the installation and the louvers. The Tolland Historical Society is getting close to being able to ring the bell again!
Tax-deductible donations are still needed to finish the project. Donations can be made at this website or by mail at Tolland Historical Society, P.O. Box 107, Tolland, CT 06084. Thank you in advance for any gift of any size.
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