Welcome to the Unionville Museum

Welcome to our website.  We are getting ready to open our second exhibit for this year which will celebrate the 100th birthday of our home.  In March of 1917, the West End Library, as it was known when it first opened, welcomed its first visitors and, although its days as a library are now history, it has continued to welcome Unionville’s residents as the Tunxis Senior Center and now the Unionville Museum.

The exhibit will open on Sunday, August 13th and will continue until November 5th.  Our hours are Sundays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 2-4 p.m.  Please stop by and learn about the origins of the West End Library in the late 19th century as well as a little bit about life in 1917 Unionville.  For those of you who remember visiting the library, we would love to hear your stories and we are especially interested in descriptions of the building before it was renovated for the Tunxis Seniors in the late 1960s.

Please join us for our opening celebration on August 13th which will feature music from the Old Tyme Fiddlers, a group of 1917-era automobiles and, of course, a birthday cake.  This event will be on the lawn, weather-permitting, so please keep your fingers crossed!  Outside or in, though, we hope to be able to offer you an enjoyable afternoon much like that one in 1917.

We would also like to thank all of you who have renewed your membership for this year.  As always, we are grateful for the support of our many members who grew up in Unionville as well as those who are on the scene now making tomorrow’s history.  And if you are reading this at a distance from Unionville or Connecticut, we urge you to keep in touch by becoming a member.  That will entitle you to our semi-annual newsletters.  Just click click here to access our membership form, print it out and send it along with your check.

We look forward to seeing you at our 76th exhibit or hearing from you through this website (click here to get in touch).

To get directions to The Unionville Museum, click here.

 

Other News

 

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.

 

 

Events

This year our annual Tag Sale will be held a little earlier in June – on the weekend of June 3rd and 4th from 9AM to 4PM.  This event has become an important source of income for the Museum as well as an enjoyable community gathering.  So, we hope to see many of you at the sale.  

We will be taking donations from May 20th to May 28th.  Someone will be at the Museum to receive them during the following times:  on the two weekends, the hours will be 10AM-2PM and during the week, Monday, May 22 – Friday, May 26, the hours will be 4-6PM.  Please call 860-673-2231 and leave a message if you need to have items picked up or if you can help us to prepare 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.

Click here to read more about the Museum.

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.