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2023 CT Open House Day In Vernon

Saturday, June 10 is the 19th 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 four Vernon venues offering free open houses and special events including the Grand Opening of the Valley Falls Farm Heritage Center. 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 all 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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Arts Center East (1 to 5)

Arts Center East’s mission is to advance the arts for everyone through education, exhibits, events, and performances. They are celebrating Connecticut Open House Day with the Academic Artists Association's Annual National Exhibition of Traditional Realism as well as the Artist-Poet exhibit on display.

Special for Open House Day all Gift Shop purchases will be 10% off.

ACE is located at 709 Hartford Turnpike in Vernon.

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New England Civil War Museum (10 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 11.

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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:

  • Put Your Junk in Your Trunk Community Tag Sale - 10 plus neighbors participating.
  • Tours of the 100-year-old barn at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Everyone can plant a sunflower and take it home.
  • Chickens will be let out for the second time this season to visit.
  • The Strong Family Farm Store will be open for business. All CT Grown and produced items.

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

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Valley Falls Farm (1 to 4)

The picturesque Valley Falls Farm is an 8-acre property owned by the Friends of Valley Falls. The property includes an historic 1850’s farmhouse and six farm outbuildings.

Today is also the Grand Opening of their new Heritage Center in the Stable. Tour the historic stable, dairy barn, root cellar and three additional unique buildings. Check out the exhibited items that were left in the buildings or were used on the site during the 1900s.

Explore the history of the Farm, its former families, and how they once lived, worked and played at Valley Falls. Twenty-three interpretive panels tell about this unique property and former gentleman’s farm.

The Vernon Garden Club maintains the herb gardens, beautiful in the spring.

The Heritage Center will be open 1-4 p.m. June 18 and 25, and 1-4 p.m. every Sunday in July and August.

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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