Open for the Summer

The museum is open for the 2016 Summer Season.

Come visit any Thursday from 1-4 pm.

2016 Schedule of Events        Apr Newsletter
May 21 Saturday 9 am - 2 pm Nellie McKnight Museum

Tag sale and Historical Society Bake Sale

Rent a space and sell your treasures. Rent a space
Jun 11 Saturday Times TBD   Nellie McKnight Museum

Nellie McKnight Museum Open House Day

The Connecticut Office of Tourism is sponsoring the 12th annual Connecticut Open House Day on Saturday, June 11th.  

The one-day statewide event is designed to showcase Connecticut’s diverse world of history, art, and tourism. 


Jun 23 Thursday 6:30 pm Hall Memorial Library

Potluck supper (Members Only)

Details in June newsletter.

Sep 22 Thursday 7:00 pm Hall Memorial Library

Vanished Downtown HartfordDaniel Sterner- Vanished Downtown Hartford

Daniel Sterner is a guide at the Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe Houses in Hartford and the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum in Wethersfield, Connecticut. A lifelong resident of Connecticut, he writes the blog Historic Buildings of Connecticut, which won a Hartford Preservation Alliance Award in 2008.


Oct 27 Thursday 7:00 pm Hall Memorial Library

Jenny Stedman (CT Historical Society)- Witches in Connecticut

The trials and executions of witches in Connecticut predated the more famous Salem witch panic by over 40 years. Hear the stories of some of the women and men accused, tried, and executed as witches and learn how Connecticut successfully controlled the spread of witch accusations long before Salem erupted in panic and violence.

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Welcome to the Ellington Historical Society
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.
On-line collections database:
Ellington Historical Society has an extensive collection of photographs and documents stored on-line.
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Activity at the Museum
The museum is closed for the season.
Nellie's Diary

From the Curator -
This past winter I have been reading Nellie McKnight’s diaries for details about her life in the center of Ellington. This month’s entry is from Wednesday, April 28, 1976 and Nellie is 81 years old. The Liberty Bell plaque mentioned in this entry is on display at the Nellie McKnight Museum in Nellie’s bedroom:
Had a telephone call from (Attorney) Joe Ryan that the Tolland County Bar Association had decided to present me with a Liberty Bell plaque for my service to the town of Ellington in connection with their observance of Law Day on May 1. Thursday, April 29, 1976: Mostly sunny and a bit warmer. Joe Ryan picked me up a little after 9:30 a.m. and took me down to the Court House (in Rockville). I was amazed at the Ellington people there.

Walking Iris

One of the house plants that Nellie McKnight mentions in her diaries as a favorite of hers is the Walking Iris. Curator Nancy Long recently obtained one of these plants for her home and on Feb 9th it bloomed. The blossom is short lived and was closed by the next day.
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