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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.


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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.


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

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!

THE PASSPORTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE TERRYVILLE LIBRARY. One per family. Get started on filling out your Passport!

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.

On September 5, 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!

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.


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).

May 16, 10 am – 2 pm Mattatuck Fife and Drum Corps, the Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, 2nd Connecticut Heavy Artillery Civil War reenactors 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.

Also, the 2nd Connecticut Heavy Artillery Civil War reenactors will have a living history demonstration at the Civil War monument. Firearms used back then will be demonstrated, including a Gatling gun.

2nd Connecticut Heavy Artillery Civil War reenactors

There will be a tour of the Plymouth Green at 10:30 am and an opportunity to visit sites in the Passport to Plymouth. Get started filling out your Passport!

From 12 noon – 2 pm, there will be tours of the Henry Terry House, a stop on the Underground Railroad. See the secret passageways used by slaves to escape to freedom. The Henry Terry House is at 14 North Street.

There will also be barbecue for lunch at the church.

May 25 Memorial Day Parade

The Memorial Day Committee encourages organizations to create displays or floats celebrating their history and the 225th anniversary to be in the parade. If you are interested in participating, email

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 20, 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”

July 24, 2020 Comedy Night Fundraiser for the 225th Anniversary at the Polish American Political Club (the “PP Club”), 35 Bushnell Street, Terryville. Details forthcoming!

September 5, 2020 Passport Party at the Lock Museum of America

Get your Passports to Plymouth stamped and enjoy free ice cream. There will be free tours of this fascinating Museum. Registration required by emailing

October 17, 2020, 6-11 pm, 225th Anniversary Ball at the Chippanee Country Club, 6 Marsh Road, Bristol

Music, sit down dinner, everybody coming together to celebrate our town’s history. More details forthcoming!

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 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.