2013 Home Tour

Victorian Days in Willimantic –

Saturday & Sunday, June 1 & 2, 2013

11am – 4pm (unless otherwise noted)

Presented by The Willimantic Victorian Neighborhood Association
For Information, Brochures and Reservations: 860-428-7573 – www.VictorianWillimantic.org

Our Sponsors:

O.L. Willard Co., Willimantic – 860-423-1666 • Storrs – 860-429-2792

Willimantic Waste, 860-423-4527

Pam & Bob Horrocks

Jeanne Crum, Home Selling Team Real Estate • 860-450-8133
sponsor of the Wilton Little Home

Tri-County Vision, 16 Walnut St., Willimantic • 860-423-2565
sponsor of the George Tiffany Home

Kathy Burns & Robert Lambert
sponsor of the John R.Pickett Home

Dr. Charles & Pamela Shooks
sponsor of the Nelson Daniels Home

Mackey’s, 249 Columbia Ave., Willimantic • 860-423-6311
sponsor of the The Collar Company

Pam & Bob Horrocks
sponsor of the Alan B. Burleson Home

Jennifer Clark, First Choice Realty, 120 Wauregan Rd., Danielson • 860-208-6257
sponsor of the Joseph S. Jones Home

Landon Tire, Route 32, S. Windham • 866-456-0000
sponsor of the Willimantic Camp Meeting Assoc.

Art Kostapopulos, Weichert Realtors • 860-428-4368
sponsor of the Guilford Smith Home

Deb Bellingham of Coventry
sponsor of the Elisha Holmes Home

Kathy & Alan Miller
sponsor of the Eliphalet Dyer Home

Wilcox & Reynolds, LLC, 922 Stafford Rd., Storrs • 860-429-9387
sponsor of the Colonel Jedidiah Elderkin Home



All event tickets are available in advance.
Call 860-428-7573. On sale the weekend of the event at Kramer School, 322 Prospect St.  Hours: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Tea tickets must be purchased in advance.  Lantern Tour, Cemetery Tour, and Railroad Museum tix available at tour sites.
Home Tour One Day Ticket  $15.00
Home Tour Two Day Ticket  $25.00
Home Tour Ticket includes: Guided Tours of Homes, Gardens, Horse & Wagon Tours, Architectural Slide Show, and Tour Program.




Homes Open For Tours
Sat. & Sun. 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Wilton Little House
123 Windham Street
circa 1896


Nelson Daniels House and Garden
201 Lewiston Avenue
circa 1908


john R pickettJohn R. Pickett House
104 Summit St.
circa 1910


Dr. Albertus V. Segar House
333 Prospect Street
circa 1903


thread city collarThread City Collar Company
210 Lewiston Avenue
circa 1902


Joseph S. Jones House
9 Washburn Street
circa 1900


Alan B. Burleson House
266 Walnut Street
circa 1881


Elks Lodge
198 Pleasant Street
circa 1927


William D. Grant House
291 Prospect Street
circa 1897


George Tiffany House
272 Prospect Street
circa 1890


Guilford Smith Memorial Library
17 Main Street
South Windham



Guilford Smith House
9 Main Street
South Windham
circa 1877


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



Saturday Only Home Tours
11:00 am – 4:00 pm


Willimantic Camp Meeting Association
57 Haven Avenue
circa 1860



Eliphalet Dyer House
17 North Road
Windham Center
circa 1705


Colonel Jedidiah Elderkin House
11 North Road
Windham Center
circa 1706


Baker – Weir House
29 Windham Center Rd.
Windham Center
circa 1750/1860


First Congregational Church
Intersection of Routes 14 & 203
Windham Center
circa 1877




St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
27 Plains Road
Windham Center
circa 1833



Windham Free Library
Windham Center Green
circa 1832



Johnson Rose Garden
9 North Road
Windham Center


Rouse English Country Garden
3 North Street
Windham Center



Victorian Tea

Saturday & Sunday, June 1 & 2,
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 30, 7:00 pm
Walking Tour of North Windham Village.
Historian Bev York discusses different styles of architecture and village history.  Meet at the cemetery on N. Windham Rd. Ext.
$10.00 adults; children under 10, No Charge



Classic Brass Band Concert
Friday, May 31, 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 1 & 2, 10:00 am-4:00 pm
55 Bridge Street, Willimantic
Adults with Victorian Days ticket: $3.00
Children over 12:  $2.00
Children under 12: Free
Tour historic New Haven Railroad site with roundhouse, turntable, buildings and operating, full-size trains. Take a 1.25 mile round trip train ride on an open flat car with benches.  Refreshments available.



480 Main St.
Windham Regional Arts Council
Opening Reception Fri., May 31, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Free
Music • Refreshments. Open to Public
Gallery open weekends 1-4 pm thru June 22



Horse & Wagon Tours
Sat. & Sun., June 1 & 2, 11:00 – 3:00 pm
Prospect Hill, Willimantic
Enjoy a leisurely horse and wagon ride while appreciating the architecture of the Prospect Hill Historic District, and learning about Windham history of the Victorian period.  Wagons pass the houses that are open for the tour, and other significant neighborhoods.

Your guides include:
Bruce Clouette: Public Archaeology Survey Team, Dir. of Historical Services
Bev York: Windham Textile and History Museum, Educational Consultant
Cheryl Le Beau: Public Historian
Free 30 minute guided tours leave Kramer at: 11:00, 11:45, 12:30, 1:15, 2:00
Reserve your seat, call: 860.576.5139 or email: vdaysdocent@gmail.com



Tour Historic Windham Town Hall
Sat. & Sun.,  June 1 & 2, 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.




Historic Windham Mills Tour
Saturday, June 1, 10:00-11:30 am
Guided tour with Windham Historian Jamie Eves; No Charge
Meet at tour site, 322 Main St.

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.



Old Willimantic Cemetery Tour
Sunday, June 2, 10:00 am – 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 1 & 2, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Led by Garden Club of Windham members.
Next to Windham Mills. No Charge.




Horticulture Tour
Saturday, June 1, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Horticultural and wildlife gardening tours by Advanced Master Gardener, Pam Wright.
333 Pleasant Street, Willimantic
No charge.





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

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