Welcome to the Unionville Museum
Welcome to our new website! We have spent a great deal of time this past year redesigning it and planning for new content and we still have quite a way to go to before all of that content is ready – in fact, we hope that the content will continue to grow in the months and years to come.
So the site as you see it today represents only the beginning. Please take a minute to explore its features – this front page is intended to give you a quick overview of “current events” but there is a lot more material included that covers topics such as the Museum’s history, our beautiful home, our previous exhibits, upcoming events and information about our collection.
To begin with, our focus will be on documenting our past exhibits – including brochures, pictures of the exhibits and related events and material. But very soon, we hope to expand the pages dealing with our collections as well.
The picture of Unionville above, taken around 1900 is a far cry from today’s village but it contains elements anyone travelling through today on Route 4 will recognize – the First Congregational Church and its green and the Masonic Building framing the entrance to Main Street, the Tunxis Hose Company Firehouse at the foot of Lovely Street and the three-pronged western side of the intersection. But the trees are mostly gone and the buildings on the south side of School Street are all gone now too.
Our mission at the Unionville Museum directs us to collect and preserve artifacts such as this picture and use them to interpret and present Unionville’s story to current and future generations. This website is another step forward toward that goal.
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 work 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.
Our holiday tree exhibit will be open this year from December 6th until January 4th. Please stop by and see our beautiful trees, bid on our unique holiday ornaments, each decorated by a local artist or pick up copies of our 2015 calendar featuring pictures from Unionville’s past. Or pick up one of our new items – a Unionville Museum mug and a tote bag – or a copy of Cliff Alderman’s pictorial history of Unionville – as a holiday gift for a friend or family member.
We will be open on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 2-4 p.m. (with the exception of December 24th and 31st). Bidding on the ornaments will close on Sunday, December 21st. For questions or to arrange a group tour, click here to email us or call 860-673-2231 and leave a message.
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.