- Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 9:08 am
Greeting guests as they enter the Matthew Curtiss House museum on Main Street, junior docent Mairin Hayes appears at the door as an authentically dressed Colonial girl. She welcomes guests to her 1750s world perfectly preserved inside the circa 1750 saltbox home.
For Mairin and others, history holds an allure. She enjoys giving others a glimpse of the past. As the new year begins, the Newtown Historical Society hopes to welcome new volunteer docents in that effort.
- Saturday, November 8, 2014
Climbing down from a ladder propped against the Matthew Curtiss House last week, John Bernabe considered his work. He and his crew with John’s Painting out of Danbury spent time recently making improvements to two landmarks under the Newtown Historical Society’s protective care: the Middle Gate Little Red Schoolhouse and the Matthew Curtiss House.
- Friday, October 10, 2014
Newtown Historical Society will host Candlelight Tours of its headquarters, on Saturday, October 25.
The Matthew Curtiss House, at 44 Main Street, will be open for visits that evening between 5 and 8 pm.
The Matthew Curtiss House is a fine example of Connecticut saltbox architecture. Constructed circa 1750 and purchased by Matthew Curtiss Jr. in 1781, the historical society purchased and restored it to its original condition in 1970. Docents will lead tours of the historic building by candlelight.
- Thursday, November 21, 2013
Newtown Historical Society will host an open house at its headquarters, The Matthew Curtiss House, 44 Main Street, on Sunday, December 8. The public is invited to visit between noon and 4 pm.
During the event, when the building will be traditionally decorated for the holidays, the sounds of historic and holiday tunes will fill the air. Rebecca and John Arkenberg and Bruce Larkin of Stratford will be performing from 1 to 3 pm. Guests will be invited to enjoy hot cider by the fire.
- Friday, September 20, 2013
Newtown Historical Society hosted an open house at its headquarters, The Matthew Curtiss House, on Sunday, September 15.
For the open house, members of The Fifth Connecticut Regiment conducted a reenactment of a revolutionary encampment.
- Friday, June 21, 2013
There were many unsettled emotions swirling about town last Friday, June 14, and it seems that Mother Nature felt equally unsettled. At about 8 pm on Friday, June 14, Kitten Associates Founder Robin Olson saw this funnel-shaped cloud form over Sandy Hook from Route 34, as well as a mesocyclone (rising air that rotates around a vertical axis) that spawned the funnel. Robin took photos to prove it and shared it with me for publication. She tells me she is, “Glad it didn’t form a tornado…” Me too, Robin.
- Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Newtown Historical Society will host an open house at its headquarters, The Matthew Curtiss House, on Sunday June 23.
The house/museum, a fine example of Connecticut saltbox architecture, was constructed circa 1750 and purchased by Matthew Curtiss Jr. in 1781. In 1970 the historical society purchased and restored the house to its original condition.
- Thursday, May 2, 2013
Newtown Historical Society will host an open house at its headquarters, The Matthew Curtiss House, on Sunday, May 19.
Master Sergeant Bill Goessinger of The Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard will be joining us along with two of his horses. All are invited to learn about the history of the horse guard, which is headquartered in Newtown, and how it has evolved over the years.
The public is also invited to visit and tour the building at 44 Main Street any time between noon and 4 pm.
- Thursday, April 4, 2013
Newtown Historical Society will host a pair of events on Sunday, April 7.
At Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street, appraisers with various specialties will be available to help visitors identify and appraise antique items.