Walking Tours, Lectures, Fundraisers, and Other Activities

Lectures usually take place at the Manchester History Center at 175 Pine Street. Parking is available along Pleasant Street and along Forest Street next to the building; parking for people with disabilities is available in the small lot next to the History Center. The building is accessible. Light refreshments are often served.

The costs for lectures and walking tours varies; some events are free, such as our Veteran program; many of our walks are free for children under 16 accompanied by parents or other adults. Donations are always welcome.

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  • The Old Manchester Museum at 126 Cedar Street, open by appointment -- phone 860-647-9983. The research facility is available all year round -- to make an appointment, please phone 860-647-9742.

  • The History Center and museum store are located in the former Cheney Machine Shop, 175 Pine Street at the corner of Forest Street -- where you can purchase local-history items such as books on local history, copies of vintage maps, Kage company plastic decorations, Manchester Herald cookbooks, t-shirts with historic scenes of Manchester, copies of high school yearbooks, vintage business directories, mugs, notecards, and limited-edition ceramic tree ornaments with images of Cheney Homestead and other landmarks. There is also a study area where visitors can conduct research by browsing through old Manchester directories, surveys, high school yearbooks, and booklets. There's an exhibit of the Russell barber shop, with barber pole, and vintage barbering tools and furniture, as well as a standing exhibit about Cheney silks. Please check to make sure the building is open before coming! 860-647-9983.

  • Friday, April 20, Annual Dinner 5:30 p.m. at the Manchester Country Club, 305 South Main St., with socializing and cash bar at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:00 p.m., followed by Historical Society member Bob Kanehl's talk about books he has written. The public is welcome. Cost for the sit-down dinner is $35.00 per person; use printable invitation (link below) and send check with names of guests and entrée choices to the History Center, 175 Pine Street by April 16. Dinner includes fruit cup, salad, dessert, and entrée -- choice of prime rib, baked stuffed filet of sole, chicken Francaise, or eggplant rollatini. Questions may be directed to the History Center at 860-647-9983. PRINTABLE dinner invitation with instructions on mailing in your check and RSVP form. Photo at left shows Bob and some of his books.

  • Sunday, April 29, a Jewelry Box Tea at the History Center, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. Serving brewed tea in china cups and light fare, both savory and sweet. Designer Jill Mack will present a program about jewelry, and The Tea Round will describe what makes an authentic English tea. Music, silent auction, and socializing. All welcome to this entertaining and elegant afternoon -- bring a friend and neighbor. $30 per person. Guests can print this invitation and send check with guests' names to 175 Pine Street, Manchester, CT 06040, attention: "Tea." Please reserve by April 18. The History Center is located at 175 Pine Street. Parking available along Pleasant Street, Elm Street, and off-street along the Forest Street side of the building.

  • Saturdays during April, "Parachutist Adeline Gray and her Jump into Fame,” a 46-minute television show about Adeline Gray (1917-1975) presented by Jim Reuter, describing Adeline's life and times as well as parachute history. Adeline began parachute jumping in 1935, was Connecticut's first true skydiver, jumping from 8,000 to 10,000 feet, free-falling to 1500 feet before opening her parachute. Jim is an engineer who recently retired from Pioneer after 52 years. Adeline was nationally famous for being the first person to test-jump a parachute made from nylon rather than silk, which she did in June, 1942. Pioneer Parachute began in the Cheney mills in the 1930s when parachutes were made from silk. The show airs at 12:00 noon and at 8:00 p.m. on Cox cable channel 15 on all the Saturdays of the month. The show changes each month. This Channel 15 broadcasts in Manchester, Glastonbury, South Windsor, Wethersfield, Rocky Hill, and Newington. Some previous local-history shows can be borrowed at Mary Cheney Library. You can watch this month's show on the Public Access website "Parachutist Adeline Gray" show.

  • Saturday, May 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Old Manchester Museum open, 126 Cedar Street. Visit the former Cheney School, built in 1859, and view permanent exhibits, maps, school information. The Manchester Sports Hall of Fame is located in this building. Guides will be available to answer questions. Some research materials available, including town directories. Parking along the (one-way) street, or in the lot at the corner of Cedar and Cooper Hill Streets, right next to the museum. A small museum shop is open, with books and maps about local history. The museum will be open the first Saturday of the month through December. More about the museum here.

  • Saturday, May 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Garden prep at the Cheney Homestead, 106 Hartford Road. "Get outside and get your hands dirty," invites Peter Millet, chairperson of the Cheney Homestead Committee. "All ages welcome. Help us dig and prepare in the history garden and the new Sunflower Garden. We’re getting ready for our May 20 planting day. We’ll provide the tools (including kid-sized ones). You're welcome to watch, too. Ask a seasoned gardener your growing questions. Manchester community gardener  Bettylou Sandy will share her knowledge while we work. She makes it fun for all." For old photos and history of the Homestead on this website, visit Cheney Homestead history. We plan Open Houses on the second Sunday of the month, but NOTE that we will be open MAY 20, due to Mothers Day on May 13. Donations welcomed for the upkeep of the Homestead.

  • Sunday, May 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Open House at the Woodbridge barn and grounds, 495 East Middle Turnpike. Free. Visit the restored eighteenth-century barn and the grounds of the Society's Woodbridge property. The Farmstead is located at Manchester Green, near the intersection of East Middle Turnpike with Woodbridge Street. The barn, located behind (north of) the house, was restored with funds from the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, the SBM Charitable Foundation, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, and individual donors. Visitors can park at the municipal lot behind the Senior Center, or along the street between the Senior Center and the farmstead itself. From the street, walk to the backyard using the grass driveway between the house and Woodbridge Pizza. The Woodbridge farmstead is on the National Register of Historic Places. There are tour guides to describe the barn, and displays of farm tools and equipment. The farm was donated to the Manchester Historical Society by Ray and Thelma Woodbridge in 1998. For a poster with old and new photos, click Woodbridge barn open house.

  • Sunday, May 6 at 1:00 p.m., "Flying Tigers" -- illustrated presentation by Tom Pandolfi at the Manchester History Center, 175 Pine Street. Tom's background includes Green Berets, 27 months in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam, beginning in 1961. While in Thailand, he met farmers who helped Gen. Claire Chennault build airfields for the “American Volunteer Group” (AVG), later to be known as the “Flying Tigers.” He has collected memorabilia and made airplane models of the “Flying Tigers” and has visited China twice, courtesy of the Chinese Government where the “Flying Tigers” are still considered national heroes for helping China defeat the Japanese. He lives in Woodstock, CT with his wife and is a retired flight manager. He devotes all his time now to veterans care and issues. The talk will be followed by a question-and-answer period. Light refreshments will be served. Parking for the lecture is available along Pleasant Street, off Forest Street (no on-street parking) as well as in a small lot north of the History Center.

  • Thursday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m., Museum After Dark MOVIE NIGHT, at the History Center, 175 Pine Street. Doors open at 6:30 for this feature movie, popcorn, and an opportunity to see the museum exhibits after dark. All welcome! Movie is rated PG. We plan movie nights on the second Thursday of each month. $3 per person; $7 maximum per family. Park along Forest St., Pleasant St., or in the small lot north of the building. Questions may be directed to 860-647-9983.

  • Saturday, May 12, Family History Day at Manchester's Town Hall from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., free and helpful as you learn how to do genealogical research. Manchester Historical Society will have a booth, so please drop by! All are welcome -- beginners, advanced, non-residents and residents. Out-of-towners welcome. The Town Clerk's office and vault will be open for records of birth, marriage, death, probate, land, and military service. Other booths will provide information about research and resources. Come and meet experts in the field. The Town Hall is located at 41 Center Street, with plenty of free parking behind the building. Park and enter at back. Cameras and other electronics and photographic devices not permitted. The photo on the right shows record books available at the Town Clerk's office.

  • Sunday, May 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Open House at the Woodbridge barn and grounds, 495 East Middle Turnpike. Free. Visit the restored eighteenth-century barn and the grounds of the Society's Woodbridge property. The Farmstead is located at Manchester Green, near the intersection of East Middle Turnpike with Woodbridge Street. The barn, located behind (north of) the house, was restored with funds from the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, the SBM Charitable Foundation, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, and individual donors. Visitors can park at the municipal lot behind the Senior Center, or along the street between the Senior Center and the farmstead itself. From the street, walk to the backyard using the grass driveway between the house and Woodbridge Pizza. The Woodbridge farmstead is on the National Register of Historic Places. There are tour guides to describe the barn, and displays of farm tools and equipment. The farm was donated to the Manchester Historical Society by Ray and Thelma Woodbridge in 1998. Additional open houses on the second and fourth Sundays of the months June through November. For a poster with old and new photos, click Woodbridge barn open house.

  • Sunday, May 20 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Open House & Gardening Day at the Cheney Homestead, 106 Hartford Road. Special program with hands-on seed planting of our historic garden, ask-the-gardener, weaving demonstration, and opportunity to weave a row or two into our community rag rug. View the 1785 house, and hear commentary about the residence, which was donated to the Manchester Historical Society by the Cheney family in 1968 for use as a house museum. Guided tours include history of the building and its contents, and of the family who lived there. As with many New England homesteads, the house is built into a hill, with doors opening out to the yard on both the upper and lower levels. The Keeney Schoolhouse is on the grounds of the Homestead, and is open when the weather is warm enough. For old photos and history of the Homestead on this website, visit Cheney Homestead history. We plan Open Houses on the generally on the second Sunday of the month. Donations welcomed for the upkeep of the Homestead.

  • Saturday, June 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Old Manchester Museum open, 126 Cedar Street. Visit the former Cheney School, built in 1859, and view permanent exhibits, maps, school information. The Manchester Sports Hall of Fame is located in this building. Guides will be available to answer questions. Parking along the (one-way) street, or in the lot at the corner of Cedar and Cooper Hill Streets, right next to the museum. A small museum shop is open, with books and maps about local history. The museum will be open the first Saturday of the month through December. More about the museum here.

  • Sunday, June 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Open House at the Woodbridge barn and grounds, 495 East Middle Turnpike. Free. Visit the restored eighteenth-century barn and the grounds of the Society's Woodbridge property. The Farmstead is located at Manchester Green, near the intersection of East Middle Turnpike with Woodbridge Street. The barn, located behind (north of) the house, was restored with funds from the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, the SBM Charitable Foundation, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, and individual donors. Visitors can park at the municipal lot behind the Senior Center, or along the street between the Senior Center and the farmstead itself. From the street, walk to the backyard using the grass driveway between the house and Woodbridge Pizza. The Woodbridge farmstead is on the National Register of Historic Places. There are tour guides to describe the barn, and displays of farm tools and equipment. The farm was donated to the Manchester Historical Society by Ray and Thelma Woodbridge in 1998. Additional open houses on the second and fourth Sundays of the months June through November. For a poster with old and new photos, click Woodbridge barn open house.

  • Saturday, June 16, Great Lawn walking tour 1:00 p.m. starting at the History Center, Loom Room entrance, 199 Forest Street, near the intersection of Elm Street. Led by Susan Barlow and Tom Ferguson of the Manchester Historical Society. We'll walk up Forest Street, viewing Cheney Mills now converted to apartments, and with permission from a mansion owner, we'll cross their private property, and make our way across the Great Lawn, over rough and hilly terrain. Takes about 75 minutes, with commentary on the history of the area. We'll see the town-owned 9 acres facing Hartford Road, and view the exterior of the former Cheney mansions, many of which look substantially the same as 100 years ago. The home of Frank Woodbridge Cheney, however, is no longer there. Read about it on this website at "Big Red" (Big Red was the nickname for this large house formerly on the Great Lawn).

  • Sunday, June 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Open House at the Woodbridge barn and grounds, 495 East Middle Turnpike. Free. Visit the restored eighteenth-century barn and the grounds of the Society's Woodbridge property. The Farmstead is located at Manchester Green, near the intersection of East Middle Turnpike with Woodbridge Street. The barn, located behind (north of) the house, was restored with funds from the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, the SBM Charitable Foundation, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, and individual donors. Visitors can park at the municipal lot behind the Senior Center, or along the street between the Senior Center and the farmstead itself. From the street, walk to the backyard using the grass driveway between the house and Woodbridge Pizza. The Woodbridge farmstead is on the National Register of Historic Places. There are tour guides to describe the barn, and displays of farm tools and equipment. The farm was donated to the Manchester Historical Society by Ray and Thelma Woodbridge in 1998. Additional open houses on the second and fourth Sundays of the months July through November. For a poster with old and new photos, click Woodbridge barn open house.

  • Sunday, June 24, Hidden Gems walking tour starting at 1:00 p.m. on the front steps of the Town Hall, 41 Center Street. We will stroll and view some historic treats of Manchester, usually not seen when driving by in a car -- the Revolutionary War fountain in Center Memorial Park, the site of the former Odd Fellows building, properties on the National Register of Historic Places, and a special visit to the Masonic Temple, with commentary by Matt Heinrich. Takes about 1-1/2 hours. Led by the Town Historian. Read about our Downtown, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, on this website at Flyer about Downtown. The photo at left shows the Masonic Temple, built in 1926, and located on East Center Street, near its intersection with Main Street. Rain or shine. Check this website for last-minute changes. Please bring bottled water if the weather's especially hot. No dogs, please. Cost is $3 for Historical Society members, $5 for non-members, and free to children under 16 years of age.

  • Saturday, July 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Old Manchester Museum open, 126 Cedar Street. Visit the former Cheney School, built in 1859, and view permanent exhibits, maps, school information. The Manchester Sports Hall of Fame is located in this building. Guides will be available to answer questions. Parking along the (one-way) street, or in the lot at the corner of Cedar and Cooper Hill Streets, right next to the museum. A small museum shop is open, with books and maps about local history. The museum will be open the first Saturday of the month through December. More about the museum here.

  • Sunday, July 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Open House at the Woodbridge barn and grounds, 495 East Middle Turnpike. Free. Visit the restored eighteenth-century barn and the grounds of the Society's Woodbridge property. The Farmstead is located at Manchester Green, near the intersection of East Middle Turnpike with Woodbridge Street. The barn, located behind (north of) the house, was restored with funds from the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, the SBM Charitable Foundation, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, and individual donors. Visitors can park at the municipal lot behind the Senior Center, or along the street between the Senior Center and the farmstead itself. From the street, walk to the backyard using the grass driveway between the house and Woodbridge Pizza. The Woodbridge farmstead is on the National Register of Historic Places. There are tour guides to describe the barn, and displays of farm tools and equipment. The farm was donated to the Manchester Historical Society by Ray and Thelma Woodbridge in 1998. Additional open houses on the second and fourth Sundays of the months July through November. For a poster with old and new photos, click Woodbridge barn open house.

  • Sunday, July 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Open House at the Woodbridge barn and grounds, 495 East Middle Turnpike. Free. Visit the restored eighteenth-century barn and the grounds of the Society's Woodbridge property. The Farmstead is located at Manchester Green, near the intersection of East Middle Turnpike with Woodbridge Street. The barn, located behind (north of) the house, was restored with funds from the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, the SBM Charitable Foundation, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, and individual donors. Visitors can park at the municipal lot behind the Senior Center, or along the street between the Senior Center and the farmstead itself. From the street, walk to the backyard using the grass driveway between the house and Woodbridge Pizza. The Woodbridge farmstead is on the National Register of Historic Places. There are tour guides to describe the barn, and displays of farm tools and equipment. The farm was donated to the Manchester Historical Society by Ray and Thelma Woodbridge in 1998. Additional open houses on the second and fourth Sundays of the months July through November. For a poster with old and new photos, click Woodbridge barn open house.

  • Saturday, August 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Old Manchester Museum open, 126 Cedar Street. Visit the former Cheney School, built in 1859, and view permanent exhibits, maps, school information. The Manchester Sports Hall of Fame is located in this building. Guides will be available to answer questions. Parking along the (one-way) street, or in the lot at the corner of Cedar and Cooper Hill Streets, right next to the museum. A small museum shop is open, with books and maps about local history. The museum will be open the first Saturday of the month through December. More about the museum here.

  • Sunday, August 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Open House at the Woodbridge barn and grounds, 495 East Middle Turnpike. Free. Visit the restored eighteenth-century barn and the grounds of the Society's Woodbridge property. The Farmstead is located at Manchester Green, near the intersection of East Middle Turnpike with Woodbridge Street. The barn, located behind (north of) the house, was restored with funds from the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, the SBM Charitable Foundation, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, and individual donors. Visitors can park at the municipal lot behind the Senior Center, or along the street between the Senior Center and the farmstead itself. From the street, walk to the backyard using the grass driveway between the house and Woodbridge Pizza. The Woodbridge farmstead is on the National Register of Historic Places. There are tour guides to describe the barn, and displays of farm tools and equipment. The farm was donated to the Manchester Historical Society by Ray and Thelma Woodbridge in 1998. Additional open houses on the second and fourth Sundays of the months July through November. For a poster with old and new photos, click Woodbridge barn open house.

  • Sunday, August 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Open House at the Woodbridge barn and grounds, 495 East Middle Turnpike. Free. Visit the restored eighteenth-century barn and the grounds of the Society's Woodbridge property. The Farmstead is located at Manchester Green, near the intersection of East Middle Turnpike with Woodbridge Street. The barn, located behind (north of) the house, was restored with funds from the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, the SBM Charitable Foundation, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, and individual donors. Visitors can park at the municipal lot behind the Senior Center, or along the street between the Senior Center and the farmstead itself. From the street, walk to the backyard using the grass driveway between the house and Woodbridge Pizza. The Woodbridge farmstead is on the National Register of Historic Places. There are tour guides to describe the barn, and displays of farm tools and equipment. The farm was donated to the Manchester Historical Society by Ray and Thelma Woodbridge in 1998. Additional open houses on the second and fourth Sundays of the months July through November. For a poster with old and new photos, click Woodbridge barn open house.

  • Saturday, September 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Old Manchester Museum open, 126 Cedar Street. Visit the former Cheney School, built in 1859, and view permanent exhibits, maps, school information. The Manchester Sports Hall of Fame is located in this building. Guides will be available to answer questions. Parking along the (one-way) street, or in the lot at the corner of Cedar and Cooper Hill Streets, right next to the museum. A small museum shop is open, with books and maps about local history. The museum will be open the first Saturday of the month through December. More about the museum here.

  • Sunday, September 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Open House at the Woodbridge barn and grounds, 495 East Middle Turnpike. Free. Visit the restored eighteenth-century barn and the grounds of the Society's Woodbridge property. The Farmstead is located at Manchester Green, near the intersection of East Middle Turnpike with Woodbridge Street. The barn, located behind (north of) the house, was restored with funds from the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, the SBM Charitable Foundation, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, and individual donors. Visitors can park at the municipal lot behind the Senior Center, or along the street between the Senior Center and the farmstead itself. From the street, walk to the backyard using the grass driveway between the house and Woodbridge Pizza. The Woodbridge farmstead is on the National Register of Historic Places. There are tour guides to describe the barn, and displays of farm tools and equipment. The farm was donated to the Manchester Historical Society by Ray and Thelma Woodbridge in 1998. Additional open houses on the second and fourth Sundays of the months July through November. For a poster with old and new photos, click Woodbridge barn open house.

  • Sunday, September 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Open House at the Woodbridge barn and grounds, 495 East Middle Turnpike. Free. Visit the restored eighteenth-century barn and the grounds of the Society's Woodbridge property. The Farmstead is located at Manchester Green, near the intersection of East Middle Turnpike with Woodbridge Street. The barn, located behind (north of) the house, was restored with funds from the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, the SBM Charitable Foundation, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, and individual donors. Visitors can park at the municipal lot behind the Senior Center, or along the street between the Senior Center and the farmstead itself. From the street, walk to the backyard using the grass driveway between the house and Woodbridge Pizza. The Woodbridge farmstead is on the National Register of Historic Places. There are tour guides to describe the barn, and displays of farm tools and equipment. The farm was donated to the Manchester Historical Society by Ray and Thelma Woodbridge in 1998. Additional open houses on the second and fourth Sundays of the months July through November. For a poster with old and new photos, click Woodbridge barn open house.

  • Saturday, October 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Old Manchester Museum open, 126 Cedar Street. Visit the former Cheney School, built in 1859, and view permanent exhibits, maps, school information. The Manchester Sports Hall of Fame is located in this building. Guides will be available to answer questions. Parking along the (one-way) street, or in the lot at the corner of Cedar and Cooper Hill Streets, right next to the museum. A small museum shop is open, with books and maps about local history. The museum will be open the first Saturday of the month through December. More about the museum here.

  • Sunday, October 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Open House at the Woodbridge barn and grounds, 495 East Middle Turnpike. Free. Visit the restored eighteenth-century barn and the grounds of the Society's Woodbridge property. The Farmstead is located at Manchester Green, near the intersection of East Middle Turnpike with Woodbridge Street. The barn, located behind (north of) the house, was restored with funds from the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, the SBM Charitable Foundation, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, and individual donors. Visitors can park at the municipal lot behind the Senior Center, or along the street between the Senior Center and the farmstead itself. From the street, walk to the backyard using the grass driveway between the house and Woodbridge Pizza. The Woodbridge farmstead is on the National Register of Historic Places. There are tour guides to describe the barn, and displays of farm tools and equipment. The farm was donated to the Manchester Historical Society by Ray and Thelma Woodbridge in 1998. Additional open houses on the second and fourth Sundays of the months July through November. For a poster with old and new photos, click Woodbridge barn open house.

  • Sunday, October 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Open House at the Woodbridge barn and grounds, 495 East Middle Turnpike. Free. Visit the restored eighteenth-century barn and the grounds of the Society's Woodbridge property. The Farmstead is located at Manchester Green, near the intersection of East Middle Turnpike with Woodbridge Street. The barn, located behind (north of) the house, was restored with funds from the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, the SBM Charitable Foundation, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, and individual donors. Visitors can park at the municipal lot behind the Senior Center, or along the street between the Senior Center and the farmstead itself. From the street, walk to the backyard using the grass driveway between the house and Woodbridge Pizza. The Woodbridge farmstead is on the National Register of Historic Places. There are tour guides to describe the barn, and displays of farm tools and equipment. The farm was donated to the Manchester Historical Society by Ray and Thelma Woodbridge in 1998. Additional open houses on the second and fourth Sundays of the months July through November. For a poster with old and new photos, click Woodbridge barn open house.

  • Saturday, November 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Old Manchester Museum open, 126 Cedar Street. Visit the former Cheney School, built in 1859, and view permanent exhibits, maps, school information. The Manchester Sports Hall of Fame is located in this building. Guides will be available to answer questions. Parking along the (one-way) street, or in the lot at the corner of Cedar and Cooper Hill Streets, right next to the museum. A small museum shop is open, with books and maps about local history. The museum will be open the first Saturday of the month through December. More about the museum here.

  • Sunday, November 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Open House at the Woodbridge barn and grounds, 495 East Middle Turnpike. Free. Visit the restored eighteenth-century barn and the grounds of the Society's Woodbridge property. The Farmstead is located at Manchester Green, near the intersection of East Middle Turnpike with Woodbridge Street. The barn, located behind (north of) the house, was restored with funds from the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, the SBM Charitable Foundation, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, and individual donors. Visitors can park at the municipal lot behind the Senior Center, or along the street between the Senior Center and the farmstead itself. From the street, walk to the backyard using the grass driveway between the house and Woodbridge Pizza. The Woodbridge farmstead is on the National Register of Historic Places. There are tour guides to describe the barn, and displays of farm tools and equipment. The farm was donated to the Manchester Historical Society by Ray and Thelma Woodbridge in 1998. Additional open houses on the second and fourth Sundays of the months July through November. For a poster with old and new photos, click Woodbridge barn open house.

  • Sunday, November 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Open House at the Woodbridge barn and grounds, 495 East Middle Turnpike. Free. Visit the restored eighteenth-century barn and the grounds of the Society's Woodbridge property. The Farmstead is located at Manchester Green, near the intersection of East Middle Turnpike with Woodbridge Street. The barn, located behind (north of) the house, was restored with funds from the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, the SBM Charitable Foundation, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, and individual donors. Visitors can park at the municipal lot behind the Senior Center, or along the street between the Senior Center and the farmstead itself. From the street, walk to the backyard using the grass driveway between the house and Woodbridge Pizza. The Woodbridge farmstead is on the National Register of Historic Places. There are tour guides to describe the barn, and displays of farm tools and equipment. The farm was donated to the Manchester Historical Society by Ray and Thelma Woodbridge in 1998. Additional open houses on the second and fourth Sundays of the months July through November. For a poster with old and new photos, click Woodbridge barn open house.

  • Saturday, December 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Old Manchester Museum open, 126 Cedar Street. Visit the former Cheney School, built in 1859, and view permanent exhibits, maps, school information. The Manchester Sports Hall of Fame is located in this building. Guides will be available to answer questions. Parking along the (one-way) street, or in the lot at the corner of Cedar and Cooper Hill Streets, right next to the museum. A small museum shop is open, with books and maps about local history. The museum will be open the first Saturday of the month through December. More about the museum here.

  • "The Mystique of Silk” exhibit at the History Center, open during regular hours, weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., but please phone 860-647-9983 to double-check if open. This exhibit was created by the Cheney Cemetery Association's President, Carol Cheney, great-granddaughter of Knight Dexter Cheney, President of Cheneys from 1894 to 1907. Carol describes the exhibit as commemorating "the 100th anniversary of the Cheney Cemetery Association in 2016, and the enduring Cheney Family legacy of innovation and good will. The family expresses deep gratitude to the generations of Cheney Brothers employees whose dedicated service helped build the Town of Manchester." "Design, advertising, and sales of Cheney silks were handled at the company’s New York offices. Much can be learned about the Cheney Brothers brand from their advertisements in high-end magazines of the day. These ads emphasized life style and corporate image over product details." The framed ads in the exhibit are from Carol Cheney's collection. These stunning advertisements for Cheney silks were displayed at MCC On Main during June 2016. Additional information about the exhibit, written by Carol Cheney, describes "the aura of elegance and luxury" that these Cheney advertisements emphasized.


    The Old Manchester Museum's research facility at 126 Cedar Street is open year 'round. Please phone the curator at 860-647-9742 to make an appointment to conduct research.