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Gunn Historical Museum
5 Wykeham Road
P.O. Box 1419
Washington, CT 06793
Louise Van Tartwijk, Museum Director
Stephen Bartkus, Curator email@example.com
Marj Vitz, Curatorial Assistant
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Exhibits & Programs
The museum is currently closed as we work on the collection and our new permanent Washington history exhibit. Research can be conducted and artifact donations can be made by appointment. Please call 860-868-7756.
Museum's Recurring Program Schedule for 2015-2016Our three popular recurring programs will now rotate monthly. All are welcome to attend and learn about the history of our town at these fun informal gatherings!
Washington History ClubMeets the third Monday of the months of September, December, March and June at 10:00 a.m. at the Washington Senior Center to discuss the history of Washington, Washington Depot, Marbledale, New Preston and Woodville. Share your stories with the group or just listen to the fascinating conversation about our town's past. Bring your photos and objects for show and tell!
Next Meeting: Monday, December 21 at 10:00 a.m. The topic of this meeting will be farms and farming in Washington.
Readings from the Archives of the Gunn Historical Museum
Meets the first Monday of the months of October, January and April at 10:00 a.m. at the Washington Senior Center. Staff present a paper about the history of Washington from the museum's archive, related photos and artifacts from the museum are displayed and a discussion follows.
Next Meeting: Reminiscences of Dr. Orlando Brown, Monday, January 4 at 10:00 a.m.
Martha Pomeroy Whittlesey, the wife of Washington's 19th century town doctor Orlando Brown, wrote this paper in 1912. Dr. Brown was born in 1827 in Groton and his rich ancestry includes the Rev. Chad Brown, the 1st Baptist minister in Rhode Island and grandfather of the founder of Brown University. During the Civil War Dr. Brown was Assistant Surgeon in the 18th Mass Regiment, then Surgeon of the 29th, and later the Commissioner of the Freedmen's Bureau in Virginia. In 1868 Dr. Brown came to Washington, CT to practice medicine, replacing the late Dr. Remus Fowler as town doctor. Come learn about the interesting history of the Brown family and how medicine was practiced in Washington 147 years ago!
Washington History Club at NightThe Washington History Club at Night is a program of the Gunn Historical Museum and Meets the third Tuesday of the months of November, February and May at 6:30 pm in the Wykeham Room of the Gunn Library to discuss the history of Washington, Washington Depot, Marbledale, New Preston and Woodville. Share your stories with the group or just come and listen to the fascinating conversation about our town's past. Bring your photos and objects for show and tell!
Save the Date! 9th Annual Washington Green Cemetery Tour
Friday, October 28, 2016
The Gunn Historical Museum's 9th Annual Washington Green Cemetery Tour will take place on Friday, October 28, 2016 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Costumed tour guides will lead groups of visitors from the Gunn Museum to the Washington Green Cemetery where the town's departed citizens will be stationed at their graves to tell their tales of tragedy and triumph. Tour groups will follow a magical path of 1,000 luminarias spanning a quarter-mile through the shadowy cemetery and hear the lively and dramatic stories of Washington's past residents.
Meet at the Gunn Historical Museum and form a line. Numbered tickets for the tours will be handed out at the Gunn Museum first come first serve starting at 6:15 p.m. and continue through the night until the tickets run out. Tours of the cemetery depart from the Gunn Museum in groups of eighteen people every eight minutes between 6:30-8:30 p.m. and last approximately 45 minutes. The last tour group departs from the Museum at 8:30 p.m. A Halloween themed movie will be shown in the Wykeham Room of the Gunn Library where attendees can wait inside for their tour group to depart.
The cemetery is dark and everyone is encouraged to bring a flashlight. While this event is free, donations are appreciated. The rain date is Sunday, October 30, 2016. The Gunn Museum is located at 5 Wykeham Road, at the intersection of Wykeham Road and Route 47, in Washington, Connecticut. Parking at the Gunn is limited, please carpool and use nearby lots and side streets.
Calling All History Detectives!
The Gunn Museum needs your help:to find any additional information that you may have in your homes, closets, shoe boxes, barns, secret rooms, basements, attics, shoved under chairs, hidden behind old paintings, or forgotten in old steamer trunks that can help us uncover more about the life and times of:
Please send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 860-868-7756, if you have anything to share.
- Captain Jonathan Farrand (1728-1812), dashing Revolutionary War soldier, a shop-keeper and a Washington resident.
- Amaryllis Gunn (1811-1879), lovely sister of Frederick Gunn, married to Lewis Canfield.
- Joseph West (1876-1952), beloved turn-of-the-last century photographer of our town.
- Dr. Frederick Wersebe (1877-1954), cherished town doctor for over 50 years (in photo at right).
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