Welles Tavern Night

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Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Welles Tavern Night at Welles-Shipman-Ward House to bring back Colonial times


‘Tis the year 1796 and once again the Welles Hotel will be open to the townspeople of Glastenbury for the eve.  The evening will be a reminiscent of the hotel and tavern in the 18th century.  The kitchen in the Welles Shipman Ward house will be transformed in to the taproom on the Welles Tavern for the evening.  At this time, public houses were gathering places for residents and travelers.  Glastenbury townspeople (attendees of this event) will be welcomed as they arrive, by Joseph and Susannah Welles and Cynthia, a woman who works for them.  Guests will experience how colonial Americans ate and socialized, relive American history, and be able to warm up by the fire of one of the largest known period fire places in the state.  Guests will receive light authentic 18th century tavern fare and cyder as it was served in colonial times.  As the evening progresses, travelers (actors) will appear at the door, seeking a meal and lodging for the night.  They will include David Humphreys, as well as a printer and his wife.  Each of these travelers will have a tale to tell.

Welles Tavern Night will take place on Saturday March 23rd from 6pm – 8pm.  It will take place at the Historical Society of Glastonbury’s 1755 Connecticut River Valley Mansion, The Welles-Shipman-Ward House, 972 Main Street, South Glastonbury.  There is a limited amount of seats available for this event.  $30 per person.  Make your reservation today and get ready to enjoy a unique night of living history and a taste of early American times.  Proceeds from Tavern Night benefit the HSG and support its various projects.

Please visit www.hsgct.or or the HSG Facebook page for more information and the most current updates on this event.


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