2020 was the 225th anniversary of the Town of Plymouth! Unfortunately, we had to cancel last year’s events, but this year we are going to celebrate “225+1” in 2021!
We are planning interesting events such as lectures and walking tours starting in September, with a celebration in downtown Terryville on October 16. All required COVID protocols will be followed.
LECTURE SERIES to be held at the Plymouth Congregational Church, 10 Park Street, Plymouth
September 17 – “From the Beginning”, presented by Matthew Malley at 6:30PM. Free
September 24 – “Plymouth’s Contribution to the War Efforts”, presented by Keith Golnick at 6:30PM. Free
September 28 – “From Clocks to Locks, Industry in Plymouth”, presented by Thomas Vaughn at 6:30PM. Free
October 2 – “The Impact of the Civil War on the Beach family of Plymouth”, presented by Sally Asevica at 10AM. This one hour talk is followed by a visit to West Cemetery on Carter Road, where the Beach family gravestones are located, as well as other Civil War veterans whose monuments have interesting inscriptions. The talk is in the Fellowship Room of the Plymouth Congregational Church. Free
October 8 – “A Historical Trip Down Main Street”, presented by Dick Foote at 6:30PM. Free
October 15 – “History Through the Eyes of a Child”, presented by Ms. Jessica, Terryville Library Children’s Librarian, at 6PM. Kids will make old-fashioned toys and play games. NOTE: This will be held at the Terryville Congregational Church. Free
October 16 – 225th +1 Anniversary Block Party from 12PM-4PM in downtown Terryville. Venues include the Terryville Congregational Church, the Terryville Library, the Lock Museum of America, Eli Terry, Jr. Middle School, and the American Legion. There will be live music, kid’s activities, a historical scavenger hunt, a self-guided walking tour of Terryville, a walking tour of Hillside Cemetery, a crafts fair, stiltwalkers, jugglers, balloon animals, antique fire trucks and more! Stay tuned!
October 22 – “A Panel of Storytellers”, presented by Matthew Malley, Douglas Moylan, and Dick Foote at 6:30PM. Free
October 23 – “Lantern Tour of the Plymouth Burying Ground and the Green” starts at 6:30PM. Meet at the Plymouth Congregational Church. Learn how the inscriptions on the gravestones provide clues to life in colonial Connecticut. $10 for adults, $5 for kids under 18 years (cash only). Reserve your place by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. This tour sells out every year.
October 30 – First time! “A Tale of Two Cemeteries” Lantern Tour of Downtown Terryville starts at 6:30PM. Meet at the Lock Museum of America, 230 Main Street, Terryville. $15 for adults, $5 for kids under 18 years (cash only), includes admission to the Lock Museum. Reserve your place by emailing email@example.com
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!
PASSPORT TO PLYMOUTH ADVENTURE!
The Passport includes 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. It’s a town wide scavenger hunt!
Copies of the Passport can be picked up at Antiques at the Green, 703 Main Street, Plymouth, 860-283-0689. Store hours are 10am – 5pm , Thursday through Sunday.
Passports are also available at the Terryville Library, 238 Main Street, 860-582-3121.
After you visit all the sites, you can get your Passport officially stamped at the Terryville Library.
THE DIGITAL VERSION of the PASSPORTS ARE AVAILABLE BELOW:
The Passport to Plymouth is funded by a $1,400 grant from the Betts Family Fund and Bristol Brass General Grant Fund of the Main Street Community Foundation.
WALKING TOUR OF HISTORIC TERRYVILLE brochure
To celebrate Plymouth’s 225th Anniversary in 2020, the Beautification Committee obtained a generous grant from the Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation to pay for a new publication, A Walking Tour of Historic Terryville. The brochures are available for free in a plastic box outside the Lock Museum of America and at the Terryville Library. Pick up a copy and stroll around historic downtown Terryville!
Digital version of the Walking Tour of Historic Terryville brochure. It is formatted to print on 12″ x 18″ paper.
With these self-guided tours, you will learn about our town’s fascinating history and see places you’ve probably never been before!
WALKING TOUR OF PLYMOUTH CENTER brochure
Copies can be picked up at Antiques at the Green, 703 Main Street, Plymouth, 860-283-0689. Store hours are 10am – 5pm , Thursday through Sunday.
They are also available at the Terryville Library, 238 Main Street, 860-582-3121.
Click here for a link to the brochure: walking tour 6-27 low res
The tour includes the Plymouth Burying Ground which 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.
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.