Free admission for children through the CT Summer at the Museum program

The Tolland Historical Society is pleased to announce that it will receive a grant to allow children and one accompanying adult to attend its museums for free from July 1 to Sept. 4 as part of the CT Summer at the Museum program.

Children in Connecticut under age 18 and one adult, who must be a Connecticut resident, can visit the museums for free under the program, which is a partnership of the Connecticut Office of the Arts and Connecticut Humanities. For other visitors, there is a suggested $5 donation when the museums are holding programs.

The museums are the Old Tolland County Jail and Museum at 52 Tolland Green, the Old Tolland County Court House Museum at 53 Tolland Green, the Daniel Benton Homestead Museum at 154 Metcalf Road and the Tolland Military Museum, located behind the Jail Museum. The museums are open Sundays, except for July 2 and Sept. 3, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Appointments are required to visit the Benton Homestead and can be made by sending an email to

On Sunday, July 9 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Historical Society Vice President Celeste Senechal and board member Cathy Wilcox will hold a fiber spinning demonstration at the jail museum. There is a suggested $5 donation for the event although children and an accompanying adult can attend for free under the CT Summer at the Museum program.

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