Make time for the fall events at the Salmon Brook Historical Society

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Photo by Peter Dinella

Salmon Brook Historical Society, 208 Salmon Brook Street.

The Salmon Brook Historical Society will continue its Summer Tours through the end of September. It is open Sundays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. except September 2. The Victorian Parlor of the Weed-Enders House showcases the book Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.  Here you can view samples of clothing and accessories that would have been worn at the time of the novel. Come see this amazing exhibit before it is dismantled. Also located in the Weed-Enders House is our museum store where you can find old maps, books about Granby, vintage cards and many more items. As a special treat, Donna Lyons has created beautiful bookmarks based on the Little Women exhibit. These are also for sale in the museum store. Attached to the Weed-Enders House is the Abijah Rowe House c.1732. This house has many original features and is furnished by donations from Mary Edwards. Upstairs you will find an antique doll house and doll collection.

The Colton-Hayes Tobacco Barn houses a sample of Granby life from bygone years. On display are Indian artifacts, spinning wheels and other tools. Come see the re-creation of an early meeting house, village store, dressmaker shop, shoemaker shop and creamery. The kitchen is filled with many early cooking implements, even a hand-cranked washing machine. The back side of the barn houses farm tools and machinery, including a huge hoisting wheel, hay rakes and forks, carpenter shop, cider mill, saw mill, blacksmithing, maple sugaring, hog slaughtering, bee keeping, harness making and ice cutting. In addition, there is a large tobacco section.

Don’t miss the Cooley School House c. 1870. This one room schoolhouse was originally located in North Granby and relocated to the society’s campus in 1980. Recently the school was given a fresh coat of paint, both inside and out. The floor has been refinished and windows re-caulked and energy saving window film applied. The Cooley School House is a favorite stop on the 2nd grade tours

This year our rotating exhibit in the Preservation Barn is a Craft and Tool display. Before television and smart phones, what did our ancestors do in their spare time? Many women made bookmarks, created paintings, stitched samplers or did crewel work. Some artists decorated china plates or painted on tiny calling cards. A wide variety of items, large and small, will be on display to illustrate the creativity of earlier days. Craft sets, often given as Christmas presents, will also be exhibited. A collection of early tools, some of which have recently been restored and researched, will also be on display. One of our early wood planes was found to have come from London during the Revolutionary War era.

In 2007, Polly Hall of Granby donated over 60 quilts in her extraordinary quilt collection to the Salmon Brook Historical Society. This year marks the fifth anniversary of Polly Hall’s death on November 10, 2013. She was 96-years-old. Polly was an extremely talented quilt-maker and quilter, as well as a collector with a fine eye. To honor her memory, we have on display her original one-of-a-kind Bicentennial Quilt designed and made in 1976. The quilt is all hand-pieced and quilted. This display is also located in the Preservation Barn.

Our annual Antique Gas Engine and Tractor Exhibit is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22. Setup is at 7:30 a.m. with the show starting at 9 and ending at 3 p.m. weather permitting. Contact Don Rethke if you have an antique gas engine or tractor to exhibit. Phone 860-549-6687 and leave a message or email This event is free to the public.

The ever-popular Fall Flea Market will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. rain or shine. Parking and admission are free. Treasures to be sold include but not limited to antiques, art work, home goods, jewelry, children’s toys, tools, books and more. A food booth will be selling coffee, Mrs. Murphy’s donuts, hot dogs, soda and chips. Cleaning out your attic, basement or just downsizing? The Society is also accepting donated items for their tent. Drop off items on Tuesdays or Thursdays between 9 and noon beginning September 18.  No clothing please. Vendor spaces are available at $30 per 20×20 ft space if received by Oct. 6. ($40 if received after). Make check payable to Salmon Brook Historical Society (include name, phone and return address) and send to David Laun, 16 Hummingbird Lane, Granby, CT. 06035. Questions? Call Dave @ 860-653-3965 or Todd @ 860-653-9506.