Fall activities at the Salmon Brook Historical Society

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Salmon Brook Historical Society buildings featured on the open house tours are: From left top: Abijah Rowe house, schoolhouse; bottom: Colton-Hayes tobacco barn, Weed Enders house. Submitted photos

The Summer Open House Tours will continue every Sunday through Sept. 29 except Sept. 1. The hours are 2 to 4 p.m. The Stitch in Time exhibit located in the Preservation Barn will be dismantled after Sept. 22, so you still have time to view this amazing exhibit.  In addition to the treadle sewing machine, there are two additional interactive displays: three stereoscopes and views for visitors to use, and, for a penny, try the scale and get your weight and fortune. The handmade reproduction of our Circa 1830s Eight-Pointed Star Quilt will be on display through Sept. 22. The tour includes the Colton-Hayes Tobacco Barn c. 1914 with many displays depicting Granby life in the 19th and early 20th century. A favorite stop is the one-room Cooley School House c. 1870 that was relocated to the society’s campus in 1980. The Weed-Enders House c. 1790 houses a Victorian Parlor, a room where donations are accessioned and the museum store where you can find old maps, Granby history books, vintage cards and many more items. An interior hallway leads to the Abijah Rowe House c. 1732. This two-story home is complete with a kitchen, dining room, parlor, office on the ground floor and bedrooms on the upper level.

The Antique Gas Engine and Tractor Exhibit will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21. Setup is at 7:30 a.m. with the show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weather permitting. If you have an antique gas engine or tractor you would like display, please contact Don Rethke, 14 Homewood Rd, E. Hartland, CT 06027, 860-549 6687 and leave message or flushbewithyou@yahoo.com no later than Sept. 15. 

The ever popular Fall Flea Market is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19. Vendor spaces that measure 20×20 foot are available for $30 if received by Oct. 12 and $40 if received after Oct. 12. Please make checks payable to SBHS and include your name, phone # and return address. Mail your check and information to Dave Laun, 16 Hummingbird Lane, Granby, CT 06035. The society is accepting donations to its sale tent. Drop off items on Tuesdays or Thursdays between 9 a.m. and noon from Oct. 1–17 (no clothing please). There is free admission and parking. The flea market is held rain or shine. Mrs. Murphy’s donuts will be sold along with hot dogs and chips for lunch. For more information or questions, contact Dave Laun at 860-653-3965 or Todd Vibert at 860-653-9506. The Salmon Brook Historical Society is located at 208 Salmon Brook Street, Granby, CT 06035. Visit its website at salmonbrookhistoricalsociety.com