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Colchester History Museum

The Colchester History Museum, while housed in the former Reverend Ballard home, is not a traditional “historic house” museum.  Rather, it is a museum that happens to be housed in a historic house building; the museum features unique exhibits about people and institutions associated with the town of Colchester.

Admission to the museum is free, although donations are welcome.  The museum is open from 11 am – 2 pm every Saturday from April through December, except for holiday weekends.  Holiday weekends include: Easter (when it falls in April), Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving.  A tour of the museum may also be arranged by appointment by sending an email to mail@colchesterhistory.org.

The Museum is located at 24 Linwood Avenue in Colchester, Connecticut and shares a free parking lot with Cragin Memorial Library.


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Ghoulchester: A Graveyard Tour into the Past
Location: tour begins at Hayward Fire Company Museum on South Main Street
Friday, October 13, 6 pm to 7:30 pm
*(Rain Date: Sunday, October 15, 4 pm to 5:30 pm)*
$10 CHS members / $15 non-members / $25 families
Fortune-teller cost: $10 for 10-minute reading (optional; pay at Colchester History Museum)

Formerly known as the “Spooky Cemetery Tour,” the Colchester Historical Society’s newly-named “Ghoulchester” is still the same great popular program! During this tour of the Colchester Burying Ground, visitors will meet notable characters from Colchester’s past–as if they’ve just risen from their graves to share their stories!

Tours are guided and recommended for both adults and families with children. All children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear comfortable footwear, dress for the weather, and bring a flashlight to enhance your experience. Tour space is limited and advanced reservations are strongly recommended.

After your tour, meet a fortune-teller (extra cost; purchase tickets in advance of your tour, as tickets are limited) and enjoy free baked goods and apple cider refreshments at the nearby Colchester History Museum.

*If rain date is necessary, decision will be made by 12 noon on 10/13. Check Facebook and/or CHS E-Blast for notification. Event will be cancelled in event of heavy rains; light percipitation will not cause event to be cancelled; dress appropriately.*

The historic Colchester Burying Ground, located behind the Old Bacon Academy, is one of the finest graveyards in eastern Connecticut housing the remains of many prominent citizens, and featuring exquisitely carved historic headstones. For more information, email: mail@colchesterhistory.org.

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