Canterbury Historical Society Hosts Walking Tour of Canterbury Green National Historic District with UConn

11/05/2016 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Canterbury Green, South Canterbury Road (Rte 169)
Turn in at Library Road - Canterbury, CT 06331

On November 5, the Canterbury Historical Society welcomes a group of visitors from The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Connecticut Archaeology Center for a narrated walking tour of Canterbury green National Historic District. The program is open to the public; we hope you might come too.

Prudence Crandall Museum, photo by Canterbury Historical Society board member Linda Orlomoski
Prudence Crandall Museum on Canterbury green  (photo  by Canterbury Historical Society board member Linda Orlomoski)

The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Connecticut Archaeology Center are part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UConn. The Canterbury walk is part of the ongoing “Exploring Connecticut’s Towns” program, which will eventually include hosted visits to all of Connecticut’s 169 towns and cities. Nobody can accuse the organizers of not setting long-range goals. When the program kicked off in 2014 with the plan to feature a different Connecticut town each semester, the organizers knew it would take 56 years to visit them all.

Several years ago, This Old House Magazine named Canterbury the “Best Old House Neighborhood in Connecticut.” Come and learn why. Centered around the Canterbury green, the architecture of the easily walkable historic district comprises a small index of 18th and 19th century New England building styles, with Colonial, Federal, Greek Revival, and Victorian examples, including the so-called “Canterbury style.” Within this same compact area is a house where Benedict Arnold was a student; a restored 19th century one-room district schoolhouse; and the Prudence Crandall Museum—the nation’s first academy for girls and young women of color—the home and school of Connecticut’s official state heroine. We’ll end our walk with a snack by the blazing kitchen hearth fire of an 18th century house on the green.

More Information
This walk is open to the public but the number of participants is limited and advance registration through UConn is required. This program is for adults and children ages eight and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult. UConn will charge a fee to participate but will donate nearly all of it to the Canterbury Historical Society. You can pre-register and pay for the program at http://www.cac.uconn.edu/mnhcurrentcalendar.html (click “Register and pay for your programs…” near the top of the page), or call 860-486-4460.

The Canterbury green is adjacent to the First Congregational Church, Canterbury, Connecticut. Turn in off route 169 (South Canterbury Road) at Library Road. Park near the one-room schoolhouse and meet inside for the walk’s kickoff.

In the weather doesn’t cooperate, UConn will notify pre-registrants of any change in plans.

Ellen Wilson of the Canterbury Historical Society board of directors will lead the walk.

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