Welcome to the Unionville Museum
We’ve been spending a lot of time lately reorganizing our collection and have bumped into many items we had forgotten about. They just don’t seem to fit into any of our regular themed exhibits yet they provide their own special view on the history of Unionville and its people. With pictures, we are often able to put them to good use in our annual calendars, but, with objects, it’s harder to find an occasion to show them off. As a result, they often just get stored away again, waiting to surprise us the next time we clean house.
So this year we thought we would put our spring cleaning to good use and we have pulled out a selection of our favorite Unionville things for you to see. There probably won’t be any crisp apple strudels or schnitzel with noodles but we are hoping that as this silver white winter melts into spring you will enjoy sampling a selection of our favorite things.
Our new exhibit, “These are a Few of Our Favorite Things” will run from Sunday, March 15th to Sunday, June 7th, 2015. Admission is free and the Museum is open every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday (holidays excepted) from 2-4 p.m. Or you can arrange special tours for groups by leaving a message at 860-673-2231 or just click here to email us.
Three clocks, all made in Unionville and part of our latest exhibit “These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things”.
Betty Coykendall, Farmington’s new Town Historian, has been a longtime supporter of the Unionville Museum, serving on our board in the past and more recently working in the background, helping us to sort out our ever-growing collection. Recently, Betty appeared on the Nutmeg TV shoe, The Link, discussing the history of the Unionville Museum and our plans for the future. Take a look and enjoy! Just click here to replay this episode.
This year we will once again be resuming our popular tag sale. It will be held on the weekend of June 27-28, so please hold that date. We will be accepting donations starting on Saturday, June 13th and ending Saturday, June 20th. You can drop off items at the Museum on weekdays from 4-8 p.m. or from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the weekends. If you have questions about item donation, please call Cathy Metcalf at 860-676-4425.
If you are interested in helping us with the tag sale, please call Cathy Metcalf at the number above, leave a message at the Museum number – 860-673-2231 – or click here to email us. Please check back for more details as they become available.
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.
History and Beyond
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.