CT Open House Day 2016
Saturday, June 11, 2016
The Greenwich Historical Society will once again participate in the Connecticut Office of Tourism's 12th Connecticut Open House Day, set for Saturday, June 11. The annual, one-day statewide event is designed to showcase Connecticut's diverse world of history, art and tourism. It’s is a perfect opportunity for all Connecticut residents to discover or rediscover the wealth of treasures in their own backyards and to share their enthusiasm with family and friends.
There will be free admission to the Historical Society's current exhibition Close to the Wind: Our Maritime History, which examines the town's coastal roots from its early days to the present through photos, objects and paintings. Visitors will also be welcome to take a free, family-friendly tour of Bush-Holley House at 1:00, 2:00 or 3:00 pm. Bush-Holley House is Greenwich's only National Historic Landmark and the centerpiece of the Greenwich Historical Society's site on Cos Cob Harbor. It features two distinct time periods—the New Nation (1790-1825), when the house was owned by a wealthy, local merchant and later (1890-1920), when it became a bohemian hub for the Cos Cob art colony. Its period rooms highlight art, furnishings and objects from the two time periods and include works by American Impressionist artists Childe Hassam, John Henry Twachtman and Elmer MacRae. It also features an attic slave quarters, something rarely documented in New England historic homes.
Children of all ages can enjoy two free craft projects: creating nautical flags fashioned from felt and learning to make and race paper boats.
Plan to visit Bush-Holley Historic Site on CT Open House Day, bring guests and become an ambassador for your local Historical Society!
Saturday, June 11, 2016; Noon–4:00 pm
Bush-Holley Historic Site
Admission is free. No reservations needed.
Experience the Sound: Greenwich History Afloat at OGYC
Sunday, June 26, 2016
This year, as a continuing sponsor of the town's annual Experience the Sound event, the Greenwich Historical Society is teaming up with the Greenwich Point Conservancy and Old Greenwich Yacht Club to host a historical boat tour of the waters off Greenwich Point. Taking a new tack in honor of its exhibition Close to the Wind: Our Maritime History, the Historical Society is offering lucky guests a chance to test their sea legs during this 45-minute cruise.
Each of the two tours (scheduled at 9:00 and 10:00 am) is limited to 11 passengers, so reservations must be made prior to the event and will be confirmed the day before. Participants will meet at the dock at Old Greenwich Yacht Club and are advised to dress appropriately for the weather, wear boat shoes or other footwear with soft, non-marking soles and apply sunscreen. Water will be provided.
The Historical Society will also host a booth at Innis Arden Cottage from 1:00 to 4:00 pm featuring a fun family craft project involving the design of your very own nautical flag.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Two tours: 9:00–9:45 am and 10:00–10:45 am
Sorry, the tours have been sold out. Please join us for family crafts at Innis Arden Cottage from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
Old Greenwich Yacht Club Dock, Greenwich Point Tod's Driftway Old Greenwich, CT 06870