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The Ellington Historical Society holds its meetings at 7 P.M. in the upstairs meeting room at Hall Memorial Library at 93 Main Street Ellington CT.  map  Refreshments follow the programs. Old and new members, and guests are welcome.

New Exhibit at Hall Memorial Library
The Ellington Historical Society has installed a new exhibit titled “Nellie’s Medicine Cabinet” at Hall Memorial Library. The featured items come from the upstairs bathroom cabinets at the Nellie McKnight Museum at 70 Main Street, Ellington CT. Topical ointments, bandages, antique medicine bottles, straight razor, mustache cup and hair crimper are just a few of the objects on display. Descriptions are included for each item using the product information directly from the packaging when possible.

    2014 Schedule of Events

All year

Thur 1-4
May thru Sep
Nellie McKnight Museum

Ellington Parish Train Band
- On display at Nellie McKnight Museum

In 1774, men from the Ellington Church Parish formed a militia to defend the settlement which included East Windsor. Fifers and drummers headed the unit and aided in the marching rhythm. The men trained together on the town green thus the name “train band.” The group was revived in 1974 to participate in activities commemorating the Bicentennial Celebration in 1976. Community members learned to play the fifes and drums and marching routines participating in many statewide parades. On display in the museum are uniforms, drums, flags and a reproduction firearm used in these performances. The story of the community efforts to celebrate the bicentennial is told in pages from the group’s scrapbook and press releases.


May 01

Thur 1-4
May thru Sep
Nellie McKnight Museum

The Nellie McKnight Museum will open for the season on Thursday, May 1. The museum is open on Thursday afternoons from 1:00-4:00 p.m. through the end of September. Tours may also be arranged by request by contacting the curator, Nancy Long.

Jul 22

6-8 pm
Nellie McKnight Museum

Celebrate Nellie McKnight’s Birthday

A 120th birthday celebration for Nellie McKnight will be held at 70 Main Street Ellington on Tuesday, July 22. Miss McKnight was born in 1894 and bequeathed her home at this address to the Ellington Historical Society to serve as a museum for local history. The museum will be open for tours from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Cookies and lemonade will be served. There is no admission fee but donations are gratefully accepted. Stop by and join the celebration!


Sep 25

7 pm
Hall Memorial Library


George Papp Sr. author of “The Authority” restores and builds the finest outhouses this side of the 19th century. He will discuss his craft and share outhouse lore at this month’s meeting of the Ellington Historical Society. The speaker and meeting are open to the public; all are welcome and encouraged to attend.