2016 Home Tour

Victorian Days Home Tour Events
Click here to view and print the 2016 Victorian Days brochure.

Thursday, June 2 thru Sunday, June 5, 2016
June 4 & 5 (11:00am – 4:00pm)
Click here to see this  year’s homes.
Visit 11 historic homes, 1 garden, and Windham’s historic Town Hall. Enjoy tea in an 1889 mansion; enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride through the Prospect Hill section of Willimantic. Tours provided by guides; enjoy music on porches, gardens, living rooms provided by local musicians
Tickets: Home Tour $20 (Event Center)
Tea (Saturday 11:30 & 1:00) $15 (Reservations only – 860-208-2555)

Architectural Slide Show
Lecture provided by local historians
Take a stroll with Bev York through the Prospect Hill Section of Willimantic passing homeowner’s lawn signs depicting unusual architectural and cultural aspects of the home and neighborhood. $10 per person.
Exhibit will be open all weekend.

FRIDAY, June 3
Classic Brass Concert
First Congregational Church
199 Valley Street, Willimantic
7 PM – No Fee
Enjoy 25 piece brass band concert, followed by church provided refreshments

Windham Regional Arts Council
Member Art Show
Artspace, 480 Main Street
Opening Reception 7 – 9, No Fee
Evening includes music and refreshments

Windham Mills Tour
Across from Mill Museum, 411 Main Street
11 AM – 1 PM – No Fee
Includes exterior of mill buildings, raceways, and worker and manager housing

Stroll Down Center Street – 10 am – 5 pm
Jillson House, 627 Main Street
History of Jillson Square. Self-guided
outdoor exhibit
1 PM- Bev York tour with additional stories
$5 includes tour of Jillson House Museum.

Windham Town Hall Tour
979 Main Street, Willimantic
1 – 4 PM, No Fee
Mayor Ernest Eldridge leads visitors through the historic 1896 Town Hall and the renovated Bruce Bellingham Auditorium. Hear stories about past mayors.

Museum by Candlelight Tour
Windham Textile & History Museum
411 Main Street – 8 PM
The Main Museum building will be lit with candlelight and oil lamps. The tour includes living conditions of company owned and worker housing, manager mansions and the famous library. Guides in period attire will discuss how experimental lights came to Willimantic. 19th century beverages served.

The Wright Garden
333 Pleasant Street
Pam and Jim Wright
“History of Gardens Throughout the Ages”
Saturday, June 4 at 4:30 PM
(Rain date, June 5)
Lecture, wine and cheese. $10.00
Reservations only 860-456-2036

J. Alden Weir Documentary Film
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Windham Center
27 Plains Road Windham Center
Life of J Alden Weir 1882 – 1990 impressionist painter who lived in Windham Center
Continuous Showing, 20 minute film – No Fee
SUNDAY, June 5
Old Willimantic Cemetery Tour
Across from Stop & Shop, Main Street
Noon – $10 Adults, $8 Seniors, Students

Summer Music Series First Concert
Garden on the Bridge, Main Street
3 PM – No Fee

Architectural Slide Show
Kramer School, 10 AM – No Fee
Lecture provided by local historians

Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum
55 Bridge Street
Open 10 AM – 4 PM
Train Rides 12 – 4 PM

If This House Could Talk
Hill Section Neighborhood
All weekend

Horse and Wagon Rides
Hill Section Neighborhood

Four Seasons Car Club
Vintage Cars
Hill Section Neighborhood
Enjoy the several Model T Fords as they drive from house to house in the Prospect Hill Section of Willimantic. Courtesy; Model T Car Club (weather

Steampunk Comes to Victorian Day! Steampunk enthusiasts will be in costume and will present photo opportunities at several locations as well as running a Teapot Racing event for contestants from Connecticut and neighboring states. A table with a display of steampunk jewelry will be for sale at Kramer School Event/Ticket Center 322 Prospect Street.

Photo Shoots:

Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum
Saturday 11:00 to 4:00pm
Sunday Noon 12:00 to 4:00pm

Summit Street Portico with 1905 High Wheeler
Saturday and Sunday 11: to 4:00

The Mill Museum
Saturday and Sunday 11: to 4:00

The Windham Town Hall Clock Tower
Saturday 1:00 to 4:00

Reservations can be made at Kramer

Teapot Races:

Kramer Saturday and Sunday  11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm

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