2012 Home Tour

Victorian Days in Willimantic – June 1, 2 & 3, 2012

Sponsored by O.L.Willard Co. Inc.
St. Germain Investment Management 
Pam & Bob Horrocks
Willimantic Waste Paper Company, Inc.

For Information, Brochures and Reservations: 860-428-7573 – www.VictorianWillimantic.org





All event tickets are available in advance.
Call 860-428-7573. On sale the weekend of the event at Kramer School, 322 Prospect St.
Tea tickets must be purchased in advance.
Home Tour One Day Ticket  $15.00
Home Tour Two Day Ticket  $25.00
Home Tour Ticket includes: Guided Tours of Homes, Gardens,  Architectural Slide Show, and Tour Program.




Homes Open For Tours
Sat. & Sun. 11am – 4pm (unless otherwise noted)
Presented by the Willimantic Victorian Neighborhood Association

George Cunningham House
275 Summit Street
circa 1874


Saturday Only
J.C. Bassett House
77 Windham Road
circa 1846


Saturday Only
Willimantic Camp Meeting Association
57 Haven Avenue
circa 1860


William D. Grant House
291 Prospect Street
circa 1897


George Tiffany House
272 Prospect Street
circa 1890


Clifford Alpaugh House
230 Church Street
circa 1895


Guilford Smith Memorial Library
17 Main Street
South Windham



Elisha Holmes, Jr.
4 Main Street
South Windham
circa 1872


Elks Lodge
198 Pleasant Street
circa 1927


Joseph Dwight Chaffee House
183 Summit Street
circa 1889

Albert Morse House
202 Lewiston Avenue
circa 1890


Guilford Smith House
9 Main Street
South Windham





Tour of Local Churches
Saturday June 3, 11am-4pm
Guided tours featuring their history and stained glass

Saint Joseph Church – 99 Jackson Street

First Congregational Church – 199 Valley Street

Saint Mary Church – 46 Valley Street

Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church – 220 Valley Street

First Baptist Church – 667 Main Street





Victorian Tea

Saturday & Sunday, June 2 & 3,
11:30, 1:00 & 2:30 PM
Victorian Tea served in the George Nasin House (circa 1894)
159 North Street; Willimantic
Tea, sandwiches, scones, pastries.
$15.00 per person
Always sold out. Must reserve: 860-428-7573




Lantern Tour

Thursday, May 31, 7:00 PM
Meet at the Frog Bridge
Walking Lantern Tour of Historic Willimantic Main Street Area including Franklin Hall Vaudeville Theater
Refreshments. Tour Guide: Bev York
$10.00 adults; children under 10, No Charge




Classic Brass Band Concert
Friday, June 1, 7:00 PM
Sponsored by the First Congregational Church, and held at the church – 199 Valley Street, Willimantic.

British-style brass bands started during the Industrial Revolution when many companies sponsored musical groups as recreation for their employees. Sponsored by the Webber Family Fund of the First Congregational Church of Willimantic. Refreshments Served. This concert is a gift to the community from the church. No charge and open to the public.





Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum Train Rides & Tours
Sat. & Sun.,  June 2 & 3, 10am-4:00 pm
55 Bridge Street, Willimantic

Tour historic New Haven Railroad site with roundhouse, turntable, buildings and operating, full-size trains. Take a 1.5 mile round trip train ride on an open flat car with benches. Single ride or day passes available.





Tour Historic Windham Town Hall
Sat. & Sun.,  June 2 & 3, 1:00-4:00 PM
979 Main St., Willimantic

Mayor Ernest Eldridge will lead visitors through the Historic Town Hall, built in 1896. Hear stories about past mayors and selectmen. This year, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Sinking for Titanic,  the Mayor, a knowledgeable Titanic enthusiast and collector, will discuss Connecticut’s Connection to the Titanic.





Historic Windham Mills Tour
Saturday, June 2, 10:00-11:30 AM
Guided tour with Windham Historian Jamie Eves; No Charge

Walking tour of the Windham Mill Complex including mill buildings, raceways and worker & manager housing w/emphasis on 19th century mill ecosystem. Tour includes interior of Mill No. 2, built between 1863 and 1864, the centerpiece of the Complex. In 1879 it became one of the first industrial buildings in the world to be lit by electric lights. Meet at tour site, 322 Main St.




Old Willimantic Cemetery Tour
Sunday, June 3, 10-Noon, $10.00
Guided Tour by Cemetery Historian, Cheryl LeBeau
Meet at Main Gate, West Main St., across from Stop & Shop. (Parking at the Stop & Shop).

Old Willimantic Cemetery acts as a historical record of our town’s past; this tour will examine Willimantic’s story through its cemetery grounds. Cemeteries are more than just the final resting places of the dead.  They represent the history of the area or community they reside in, and are sanctuaries for vital records, art and symbolism, social structure and culture, wildlife, and much more.  Tickets avail. at tour site.





Garden on the Bridge Tour
Sat. & Sun. June 2 & 3, 10 am-2 pm
Led by Garden Club of Windham members.
Next to Windham Mills. No Charge.







Horticulture Tour
Saturday, June 2nd, 10AM-1:00 PM
Guided tour of Pam & Jim Wright’s garden, a ‘certified wildlife habitat’
333 Pleasant Street, Willimantic
No charge.



Also – Stop and rest a while in the tranquil garden located at 201 Lewiston Avenue on Saturday & Sunday.




Architectural Slide Show
at Kramer School, 322 Prospect Street
10:00 AM Saturday & Sunday
Bev York discusses different styles of Victorian Architecture.


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