Phelps Homestead in Simsbury, Connecticut
The Simsbury Historical Society owns and operates The Phelps Homestead, a museum complex in the heart of Simsbury including:
- Captain Elisha Phelps' House
- One-room Schoolhouse
- Hendrick Cottage
- White Barn
- Victorian Carriage House
- Ice House
- Fuse Manufactory
- Probate Court Building (newly restored)
- Museum Store
- Research Library
The Phelps Homestead is located on on two acres on Hopmeadow Street, in the center of Simsbury. The Society interprets three centuries of American history as experienced by the residents of this New England town.
Visitors can explore the interaction of the European settlers and the indigenous native-American people; learn about the Farmington Canal which operated from 1828-1847; attend an 1840 one-room schoolhouse; see a Victorian carriage house and a replica of a 1683 meetinghouse; and visit an 18th century house with period furniture and costumes. Especially interesting is the vaulted ceiling in the ballroom. Old equipment once used to make fuses is housed in a modern building.
The 1776 Phelps House was used as a tavern; the Hendricks Cottage today houses weaving artifacts. There are are hands-on children's activities and authentic period gardens. Open year round, its schedule varies by season.