Welcome to the Unionville Museum
Welcome to our website. We are looking forward to a busy year as our first exhibit for 2017 opened in early March. Unionville has always been lucky to have professional photographers who recorded the history of the town. One of them was Dick Mathews who began photographing Unionville in the 1950s and continued for more than 60 years. In 2011, we featured many of his pictures in a “one-man show” called “A Man and His Times: The Photography of Dick Mathews”. This year, our 75th exhibit, “Visions of a Distant Past”, builds on the 2011 exhibit and features many new examples of Dick’s work which he donated to the Museum when he moved to Arizona a few years ago. We are delighted to present them for your enjoyment. The exhibit opened on Sunday, March 5th and will continue through early May. Our hours are Sundays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 2-4 p.m.
Our Summer/Fall exhibit will open in early July and will run through Veterans’ Day. It will take a close look at Unionville in 1917 as many of its young men headed overseas to fight in the war to end all wars and the village worked hard to support the war effort. What was life like in 1917 Unionville in the year the West End Library opened its doors? This exhibit is still in the planning stages so we would be interested in hearing from any of you who have items related to Unionville during this time period that you are willing to loan or who are interested in working with us on the exhibit committee. Click here to send us an email or leave a message at 860-673-2231.
Finally, we hope you will support our various fundraising events such as the Tag Sale (see below) and our 3rd annual Pig Roast in September. We are also grateful for the ongoing support of our membership – if you would like to join but don’t get our mailings, click here for our membership form.
Our 2017 calendar debuted a little late this year so if any of you missed it, you can pick up a copy when you visit our new exhibit. The Museum’s hours are Sundays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 2-4 p.m. Calendars are also on sale at the Farmington Library (Main Library at the Lending Services desk in the front lobby) as well as George’s Pizza, Parsons’ Hardware and Farmington Motor Sports. If you wish to order one to be mailed to you, please send your mailing address and a check for $10.00 to the Unionville Museum, 15 School Street, Unionville, CT 06085. We also offer local home delivery if you can’t get out – just leave a message on our phone (860-673-2231) and someone will get back to you.
This year our annual Tag Sale will be held a little earlier in June – on the weekend of June 3rd and 4th. This event has become an important source of income for the Museum as well as an enjoyable community gathering.
We will be taking donations in the second half of May (exact schedule to be announced) and we hope to see many of you at the sale. Please get in touch if you wish to donate items or if you can help us prepare them for the sale or work at the sale.
Learn More About Us
In Fall, 1983, the Tunxis Senior Citizens Association vacated the Carnegie library building, moving into the former church hall behind the library building. Proposals for the now-empty library building’s use immediately began flying, but by December 22nd, the building was awarded to the proposed Museum of Unionville History.
By the end of the following year, Unionville’s 150th anniversary, the new museum was opening its first exhibit. Since then we have presented more than sixty additional exhibits as we carry out our mission.
Our Fall 2012 exhibit included a group of snapshots from the Museum’s collection of Unionville residents who fought in WWII. This set of pictures is incomplete – some pictures are missing names and some WWII veterans who lived in Unionville at the time are not included at all. The Museum is interested in adding photographs of as many missing vets as possible. Please click here to see a list of the pictures we already have and contact information to donate new ones. Over time we will also be adding copies of the pictures as we continue to scan them.