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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. All required COVID protocols will be followed.

October 30 – First time! “A Tale of Two Cemeteries” Lantern Tour of Downtown Terryville starts at 6:30PM. “Unsolved mysteries and little known history”. Meet at the Lock Museum of America, 230 Main Street, Terryville (parking available at the library across the street). $15 for adults, $5 for kids under 18 years (cash only), includes the Old Terryville Cemetery, Hillside Cemetery, and a tour of the Lock Museum after the walk. Reserve your place by emailing or call/text 860-921-6118. Bring flashlights.

November 6 – Guided walk to Tory Den (the Leatherman’s Cave). Join Matt Miskin on a walk on the Tunxis Trail of about one mile to see Tory Den, where loyal English residents hid to avoid being persecuted by the Sons of Liberty during the Revolutionary War. The rock shelter was also used by the Leatherman on his monthly sojourns around Connecticut in the late 1800s. Meet at the trailhead on East Plymouth Road, Plymouth, about 0.7 miles north of the intersection of Marsh Road. The walk starts at 1PM. The walk is free. For more information and to reserve a spot, email

Trail Map to Tory Den

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.


Mural final 1
Designed by Gina Ritchie and Diane Boylan

Click here for a description of the images on the mural


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 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.


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!

Pick up a copy of the Walking Tour of Historic Terryville outside the Lock Museum of America!

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!


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 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.





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