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Lantern Tours of the Plymouth Burying Ground and the Underground Railroad

Saturday, October 12 and 19, 7pm

The tours begin with a walk through the 1747 Plymouth Burying Ground. Discover how the inscriptions and symbolism on the gravestones provide clues to life in colonial Connecticut.

The tour includes a visit to the Henry Terry House across the street. We will see the hidden tunnel in the cellar used to harbor slaves escaping to freedom on the Underground Railroad.

  • Where- meet at 10 Park Street, on the Green, Plymouth, CT
  • When – Oct. 12 and 19, 7pm
  • Cost – $10 for adults, $5 under 18 years of age. Cash only onsite. Society members are free, so why not join today!
  • Reservations required by emailing plymouthct.history@gmail.com or calling 860-921-6118. These tours sell out so reserve early.
  • Rain cancels.
  • Bring flashlights.
Martha Potter gravestone

Terryville Ghost Tours Saturday, October 26, 6:30pm and 8pm (Rain date Nov. 2)

Spooky Stories, Unsolved Mysteries, Ghosts from the Past

A Lantern Tour of Downtown Terryville

Meet at the Lock Museum of America, 230 Main Street, Terryville

$10 adults, $5 under 18 years old-includes admission to the Museum

Live reenactors from Terryville’s past, such as Moses Dunbar, who was hung on Gallows Hill in Hartford during the Revolutionary War.

Bring flashlights and a sense of adventure!

Reservations required at plymouthct.history@gmail.com. Choose either the 6:30 or 8 pm tour.

Lock Museum tours also available for $4 adult, kids free.

Free refreshments provided by the Friends of the Terryville Library.

Terryville Ghost Tour
Hidden tunnel on the Terryville Ghost Tour

2020 is the 225th anniversary of the Town of Plymouth!

In 2019, the Historical Society and the Beautification Committee got a head start in celebrating Plymouth’s 225th anniversary by asking volunteers to paint a mural on the wall of the Lee Hardware building at 171 Main Street, Terryville. They did a great job! Thank you to all who helped!

Thomaston Savings Bank provided a grant to pay for paint and supplies.

IT’S DONE! STOP BY and TAKE A LOOK!

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Designed by Gina Ritchie and Diane Boylan

Click here for a description of the images on the mural

Lee Hardware also has a hard copy of this description available for purchase for a small fee.

PASSPORT TO PLYMOUTH ADVENTURE!

In May 2020, the Historical Society will kick off its Passport to Plymouth Adventure to celebrate Plymouth’s 225th Anniversary.

The Passport will include maps, descriptions, and photos of 20 historic sites in Plymouth. At each location, adventurers will answer questions in the Passport that can only be obtained by looking for information at that place.

In the spring of 2020, there will be guided walks on the Plymouth Green and in downtown Terryville to several of the locations. All of these sites and the others around town can also be visited independently.

At the end of the summer, there will be a Passport Party at the Lock Museum of America where the answers will be verified and the Passports  officially stamped. There will be tours of the Museum and free ice cream!

More details will be available in the spring of 2020.

The Passport to Plymouth Adventure is funded by a $1,400 grant from the Betts Family Fund and Bristol Brass General Grant Fund of the Main Street Community Foundation.

Passport to Plymouth cover page

Year Round:

Self-guided walking tours of Plymouth Center are always available at your convenience! Click on the link below and print a copy of the Guide.

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Brochures are also in the box behind the sign at the entrance to the Burying Ground (next to the Congregational Church on the Plymouth Green, corner of Route 6 and North Street).

The Plymouth Burying Ground dates to 1747. There are 38 soldiers from the Revolutionary War buried here.

Learn about the symbolism of colonial gravestones.   Look for some ancestors!

Find the stone that is inscribed “MORTALS ATTEND and LEARN YOUR END”. Creepy!

Go on a scavenger hunt of Plymouth Center!  SCAVENGER HUNT on the Plymouth Green

GUIDED WALKING TOURS AVAILABLE

Guided walking tours of Plymouth Center can be arranged for your group.  The tour includes the Burying Ground, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The inscriptions and symbols on the gravestones provide a timeline of early American history, giving us clues to what life was like in colonial Connecticut.  Learn about the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, and the little known story of the Tories, the American colonists who were loyal to their mother country of England.

Seniors, youth groups, school classes, home schoolers, and historical organizations have  enjoyed our tours. The tour is a wonderful supplement to Connecticut’s 5th grade social studies curriculum which covers colonial America and the Revolutionary War.

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There is a $10 suggested donation for adults, kids are $5. Minimum total is $50. All funds are used to restore the Burying Ground.

Call 860-921-6118 for more information.

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