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2022 CT Open House Day

Posted on June 10, 2022


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

June 11th is Connecticut Open House Day, an all-day event across the state for Connecticut’s museums, attractions and historic sites. Now in its 18th year, over 200 attractions will be participating by offering special events as well as free or discounted admissions.

Visit for more information and a full listing of events.

Nathan Hale Homestead, Coventry

Enjoy a free tour of the first floor of the historic Nathan Hale Homestead, from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. Registration required at by calling (860) 742-6917; same-day registration will be allowed only if the site has not reached capacity. In order to protect the health of our staff, visitors, and community, all visitors must wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Art & Garden Tour of Northeast Connecticut

A free self-guided tour features 11 artists’ gardens displaying the works of 17 area artists. Enjoy paintings, sculpture, ceramics, woodwork, photography, and other works of art in gardens in Ashford, Coventry, Mansfield, and Willington. The gardens, which vary in style, include a handmade greenhouse, a hydroponic greenhouse, ponds and pools, a stone arch, paths, terraces, and an abundance of flowers, shrubs, vegetables, trees, and herbs. Artwork will be available for purchase. All current Covid-19 protocols will be followed, including masks. For more information and a map, please visit our website.

Archaeology Exhibit, Columbia

Enjoy a free visit to the Columbia Historical Society’s Archaeology Exhibit “Digging the Past”. The exhibit offers hands-on interactive experiences to explain how the science of archaeology studies evidence to learn about human history. Artifacts and information about past digs in Columbia will be featured.

Visitors will be allowed entry at ten minute intervals to allow spacing. To avoid a wait, reserve an entry time by contacting Judy Ortiz at 860 208-9881 or

Arts Center East, Vernon

Our mission is to advance the arts for everyone through education, exhibits, events, and performances. During Connecticut Open House Day, please stop by and view An Image is Worth 1000 Words and Ekphrastic Extravaganza: Art & Poetry, featuring the works of local and regional artists. The center will be open from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Friends of Valley Falls, Vernon

We have an historic “Gentleman’s Farm” with 7 farm buildings in a very picturesque setting.  We will be giving tours of the farm buildings on June 11, from 12-3 pm.  It’s an outdoor venue, showcasing a large historic gambrel-roofed barn (1810), an 1850’s farmhouse, a stable, piggery, woodshed, manure cellar, ice house and cold cellar and we have stories to tell about their use in the 19th and 20th centuries.

New England Civil War Museum, Vernon

The New England Civil War Museum is located in Vernon, Connecticut. The museum and research center resides in the historic downtown section of Rockville. It is housed in an original Grand Army of the Republic Hall and contains numerous one-of-a-kind artifacts from the Civil War, with an emphasis on Connecticut’s contributions. The library and research center contain hundreds of books and periodicals for research and study.

Strong Family Farm, Vernon

Strong Family Farm will open its doors again on June 11th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vernon Garden Club will be present handing out free seeds and helping everyone planting sunflower seeds to take home.   The Strong farm store will be open and there will be a pop up from Mon Soleil Farm with the sale of their produce.  They will host a plant swap, so bring an extra plant you have at home and take a new plant home. Farm tours with the history of the farm will take place at 10 and 1. Lots of fun activities for all.