Planning Your Visit > Nearby in eastern Connecticut
While in eastern Connecticut visiting the Lebanon Historical Society Museum & Visitor Center and site around the Lebanon Green, you may want to explore a bit. The region features a variety of historic buildings, museums, and outdoor spaces. Please consult each location’s web site for information about visiting.
Blue Slope Country Museum-Blue Slope Country Museum in Franklin is a working farm with a museum that features displays about local rural life from the 18th to 20th centuries, including domestic exhibits, wooden hand tools, and agricultural implements. The museum offers a variety of special events, and is open year-round for special events or by appointment.
Huntington Homestead Museum-The Huntington Homestead Museum in Scotland was the birthplace of Governor Samuel Huntington, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and first president of the Continental Congress. The homestead is open by appointment only, but the grounds are open year round. The Scotland Historical Society (860-456-0708), the Edward Waldo House, an early 18th century farm house, is near-by.
Slater Memorial Museum-The Slater Museum is part of the Norwich Free Academy in Norwich. Exhibits include a significant collection of plaster casts of ancient art assembled in the 19th century to instruct students, European paintings from the 17th through the 19th centuries, American art dating from the 18th to the 20th centuries, and Norwich area artifacts representing three hundred years of history. Museum hours:
Windham Textile and History Museum-The Windham Textile and History Museum is located in Willimantic and is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of the textile industry and the working people of the mills. Located in two buildings formerly owned by the Willimantic Thread Company (1854-1898), the museum offers exhibits, education programs, and a museum store. It is open
The Colchester Historical Society-The Colchester Historical Society, founded in 1963, strives to provide education on the historical background of Colchester, preserving its architecture and culture. It offers both a museum at the circa1850 Reverend John Ballard House and an archive. Hours are
The Mansfield Historical Society-Located in Storrs, the Mansfield Historical Society preserves and interprets more than 300 years of Mansfield history through exhibits, programs, research, and publications. The Society maintains a museum and library and present annually changing exhibits drawn from more than 7000 artifacts. Collections include more than 3000 photographs as well as furniture, decorative arts, costumes, tools, and materials relating to local industries and agriculture. The Society is open to the public
The Hale Homestead-The Hale Homestead was the home of the Richard Hale family who had been living in another house on the property before this house was built. The first house was the childhood home of Connecticut’s State Hero, Nathan Hale. Young Hale and five of his brothers enlisted in the American Army early in the American Revolution. In 1776, after volunteering to serve as a spy on Long Island, Nathan Hale was caught by the British and hung. His father completed the new house several years after Nathan’s death. The property is maintained as a museum by Connecticut Landmarks (a state-wide preservation organization formerly known as Antiquarian and Landmarks Society). www.ctlandmarks.org/hale.php
CT State Museum of Natural History and Archaeology Center-Located on the University of Connecticut main campus at Storrs this facility features the largest collection of Connecticut Native American materials in the country. Visitors are invited to tour gallery exhibits and participate in a wide variety of public programs.
Lebanon’s historic graveyards-The historic Lebanon cemeteries feature work by prominent eastern Connecticut gravestone carvers of the 18th and 19th centuries. Located in beautiful rural settings, they are the final resting place of national founders and local leaders, including Governor Jonathan Trumbull, William Williams (who signed the Declaration of Independence) and the Reverend Jacob Eliot (first minister for the Goshen Society). As you wander these quiet retreats, you will also discover the graves of Lebanon’s numerous Revolutionary War and Civil War veterans.
Air Line Rail Trail-This hiking and riding (horses and bicycle) trail follows the bed of the former Air Line Railroad, which created the shortest rail route from Boston to New York City. More than 50 miles, running from Portland through Willimantic, are available to hike, bike, walk, ride, and ski, with 22.7 miles in the immediate Lebanon area. Motorized vehicles are not allowed. The trail is open from dawn until dusk year round. Brochures are available at the Lebanon Historical Society.