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2022 CT Open House Day In Vernon

Saturday, June 11 is the 18th annual Connecticut Open House Day, sponsored by the CT Department of Culture and Tourism. This one-day statewide event is designed to showcase Connecticut’s diverse world of history, art, and tourism.

Discover the wonders in our own backyard with CT Open House Day in Vernon, a unique opportunity to visit local sites that have been on your ‘bucket list.’ You will find a variety of special events, tours and activities planned as hosting organizations welcome their neighbors.

There are three Vernon venues offering free open houses and special events. They are listed below with times and we hope you will take advantage of this day and discover more of ‘What Makes Vernon Special.’

The organizations taking part in this event are members of the Vernon Volunteers' Collaborative (VVC). If you would like advanced notice by email of this type of event please join our MeetUp Group. We post reminders on our Facebook Page and upcoming events are also listed on the VVC website under the 'Events' tab.

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New England Civil War Museum (12 to 3)

The New England Civil War Museum is the only museum in Connecticut devoted to the fighting men of the War of the Rebellion.

The museum and its library work to convey the lessons of the American Civil War. They perpetuate the memory of the Civil War and of those who helped save the Union through the preservation and display of relics of that war.

Housed in an original Grand Army of the Republic hall the museum contains numerous one-of-a-kind artifacts from the Civil War, with an emphasis on Connecticut's contributions. The library and research center contain hundreds of books and periodicals for research and study.

The NECWM is located at 14 Park Place in Rockville. They are also open on Sunday, June 9.

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Strong Family Farm (10 to 3)

The Strong Family Farm is an historic agricultural education center where children, individuals, families and community groups can experience an authentic family farm environment.

Strong Family Farm will be offering:

  • Our mascot Clucky T. Rooster with photo opportunities.
  • Tours of the 100-year-old barn at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Free seed packets and garden advice by the Vernon Garden Club.
  • The Strong Family Farm Store will be open for business. Come and get a free preview of what's to come with the Grand Opening on June 16th. All CT Grown and produced items.
  • The Vernon Garden Club will help kids plant a sunflower seed or give them seeds to take home.

Come visit and get to know the wonderful farm located at 274 West Street in Vernon.

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Valley Falls Farm (12 to 3)

The picturesque Valley Falls Farm is a 7-acre property owned by the Friends of Valley Falls. The property includes an historic 1850’s farmhouse and 6 farm outbuildings. The Friends will offer tours of the Farm at 12, 1 and 2 p.m.

Tour the historic Red Barn and Valley Falls Farm buildings. The iconic buildings take us back in time to 19th century Vernon. Learn about the lore of the 'Gentlemen Farmers' who built and owned the farm from the 1850’s to 2001.

The Vernon Garden Club maintains the herb gardens, beautiful in the spring. A free giveaway of notecards depicting the scenic hillside is an added bonus.

The farm is located at 345 Valley Falls Road. Parking is available at the Valley Falls Park Parking lot, or limited parking at the Red Barn.

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