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Address: 800 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury, CT 06070-1825
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12:00 - 16:00
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The Simsbury Historical Society occupies a beautiful and convenient...

The Simsbury Historical Society occupies a beautiful and convenient two-acre site located in the center of Simsbury. Tour any of the buildings, attend a special event or visit the archives year-round. Enjoy the grounds and gardens in full color, spring through fall. Established in 1911, the Simsbury Historical Society continues its stewardship of Simsbury's past, present and future

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small place, big on history

Massacoh plantation, in which this attraction is located is a small gem. You have stocks, recreated meeting house from the days when women had to sit upstairs (if they were... read more

Reviewed 10 September 2016
Grafton, Massachusetts
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Grafton, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 10 September 2016

Massacoh plantation, in which this attraction is located is a small gem. You have stocks, recreated meeting house from the days when women had to sit upstairs (if they were allowed in at all), a one room school house, and of course Phelps Tavern Museum.

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Thank you for visiting us. We appreciate your comments and your enthusiasm for the history of Simsbury. More 

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Reviewed 24 August 2016

The exhibits are well-presented and organized, highlighting the significant contributions of the local organizations to the history of the town and the area.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2016

I originally went for a craft show ---but stayed to tour the grounds, all the buildings and examine the artifacts stored in this local museum. They had examples of every type of bicycle ever used, it seemed!

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Simsbury, Connecticut
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Reviewed 1 August 2013

Phelps Tavern is part of life in Simsbury Ct. It is the location for the annual Civil War reenactment. It is open for the annual Art Walk, a celebration of local artists. It is part of the Simsbury Celebrates, a festival that closes down Hopmeadow Street for street entertainment, a firemen"s parade with Santa, and fireworks. Phelps Tavern is best... More 

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Simsbury, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2013

This is an old stagecoach tavern lived in until the 50s or 60s. It is the Simsbury Historical Society and each room shows a different era in the home's history, dating back to the colonial period. There are many old buildings that have been moved here from other locations around Simsbury--some to look through the windows and others to go... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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Reviewed 19 April 2013

Phelps Tavern Museum in the center of Simsbury is not a destination attraction. If you have 15 minutes and are going past anyways you might as well pull over and stop. We had seen the museum in a magazine photo spread. In real life the museum is very dark and smells kind of funny. While you are parked take a... More 

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West Simsbury, Connecticut
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Reviewed 22 October 2011

Interesting, very small museum. Small herb garden, a couple other small gardens. Not a whole lot to see but worth seeing if you're in town anyway. Fun at Christmas time when they have the tree lighting and caroles. It's located right in downtown Simsbury so you can wander around the shops and restaurants after or before you visit. Worth a... More 

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