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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.

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 paper copy of this description that can purchased for 25 cents.

PASSPORT TO PLYMOUTH ADVENTURE!

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

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

On May 16, there will be a walking tour on the Plymouth Green to several of the locations.

On June 6, there will be a walking tour in downtown Terryville to visit more of the sites.

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.

MORE EVENTS WILL BE ADDED AS DETAILS BECOME AVAILABLE!

March 14, 2020 at 1 pm. Civil War Medical Practices

The Terryville Library (238 Main Street) will host Dane DeLeppo, a Civil War reenactor who will speak about medical and surgical procedures in the Civil War. It’s amazing anybody survived.

March 21 10am – 12:30 pm Plymouth Maple Festival

Experience the New England tradition of maple sugaring. Watch maple syrup boiling on an outdoor fire. Sample sugar on snow and maple sugar candy. Maple-baked foods can be purchased in the Plymouth Congregational Church while listening to the fiddling of Down Home Frolic. There will be crafts activities for kids and horse drawn hay rides on the historic Plymouth Green. Don’t miss the scavenger hunt on the historic Plymouth Green with a maple sugar candy for a prize!

Maple syrup made in Plymouth will be for sale.

The Plymouth Green is at 10 Park Street, Plymouth, at the intersection of Rt. 6 and 262.

Sampling the sap straight from the tree!

April 4 at 1:30 pm. The Immigrant Experience in Plymouth

The Terryville Library (238 Main Street) will host Judy Giguere, Plymouth’s Town Historian, who will share stories of the immigrant experience in Plymouth. Learn more about the history of our community, the amazing products that were created here, and the successes and trials of the immigrants that helped power our industrial past.

April 4 from 7-9 pm New England-Style Barn Dance at Wood Acres

Traditional New England country dancing with live music. Circle, square, and longways dances. All dances will be walked through first, then the caller will call out the steps as the music plays. Lots of fun and smiles for all ages at beautiful Wood Acres Farm in Terryville. Details will be upcoming!

The dance floor at beautiful Wood Acres in Terryville.

April 25, 2020 at 1 pm. This I Remember

Residents are invited to the Terryville Library to talk about their memories of growing up in town. Colorful characters and stories to be sure! Matt Malley, President of the Historical Society, will lead the discussion.

May 3 Rotary Club Road Race (includes a 2.25K mile run/walk). Details upcoming.

May 16, 10 am – 2 pm Mattatuck Fife and Drum Corps and the Society of the Sons of the American Revolution on the Plymouth Green

Listen to the thrilling music of the Mattatuck Fife and Drum Corps as they march on the Plymouth Green. The Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Revolutionary War reenactors, will demonstrate drills, marching, and the firing of muskets.

There will be a tour of the Plymouth Green and an opportunity to visit sites in the Passport to Plymouth. Get started filling out your Passport!

From 12 noon – 2 pm, there will also be tours of the Henry Terry House, a stop on the Underground Railroad. See the secret passageways used by slaves to escape to freedom.

June 6, 10 am – 11:30 am Walking Tour of Downtown Terryville

Visit historic sites in downtown Terryville that are in the Passport to Plymouth. A great opportunity to fill out your Passport!

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

June 13, 10 am – 2 pm Open House at the Plymouth Historical Society and the Lock Museum of America

Both museums will be open as part of Connecticut’s Open House day for museums and cultural venues. See fascinating displays about Plymouth’s history. The Historical Society is at 572 Main Street. The Lock Museum is at 230 Main Street.

June 21, 1:30 pm Dorence Atwater Presentation at the Terryville Library

 “Vic Butsch and Tommy Coletti, authors of “In the Crossfire Between Heaven and Hell”, will visit the library for a book signing and multimedia presentation to discuss their historical fiction novel featuring Terryville native Dorence Atwater and Clara Barton.  This work is based on a true series of events.  Dorence Atwater served with the Union Army during the Civil War, was captured by secessionists, imprisoned in 9 Confederate prisons, including Andersonville, and survived.  Clara Barton becomes acquainted with Dorence and each helps the other become distinguished in American history.  Butsch and Coletti will share more information about their book and research on these two magnificent individuals who witnessed the worst of human suffering and helped heal a grateful nation.  Their book will be available for sale. Registration requested by calling 860-582-3121 or e-mailing tplstaff@biblio.org.”

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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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 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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