10/13/2018 - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Canterbury Green, South Canterbury Road (Rte 169)
near Library Road - Canterbury, CT 06331


Swampy Acre Farm friends
.…Swampy Acre Farm friends at last year’s Old Home Day….

Mark your calendar. As always, our goal for this annual fall celebration on Canterbury green is to bring together local practitioners of traditional crafts and trades, historical reenactors, farmers, and a variety of nonprofit groups and other exhibitors to celebrate our town.

The historic one-room Green Schoolhouse will feature exhibits on the town’s past, and area musicians will perform throughout the day.

Canterbury Old Home Day has proved to be a popular fall event and we look forward to seeing you there. Admission and parking are always free. We will add more detais as they emerge, including the live music schedule. Please check back.

Interested in possibly exhibiting at Old Home Day?
If you are interested in possibly becoming an Old Home Day exhibitor, please click here for the OHD 2018 Exhibitor Application. Questions? Email to or contact Steve at 860-546-6669. We are especially seeking historical reenactors, farmers, exhibitors who will bring friendly animals, and plyers of traditional crafts and trades.

To ease congestion and improve safety, Old Home Day on-site parking on the town green around the First Congregational Church will be limited to visitors with handicapped permits only. General parking will be at the Dr. Helen Baldwin Middle School on Westminster Road (Rte. 14), with a free shuttle provided by the town of Canterbury running all day, 10:00 to 4:00. If you choose, you can also walk from the parking area in about five minutes.

Confirmed Exhibitors as of September 23

  • Baldwin Brook Studio, David Costanzo, landscapes and historic landmarks in a variety of paint media
  • Grant Bombria, traditional broom maker
  • BZB Farm, Amy and Andy Burroughs, showing miniature horses and goats; calves; and donkeys and offering local fresh produce
  • Cait’s Crochet Shop, hand-made yarn items
  • Campion and Holdridge, antique building restoration and new post and beam construction
  • Canterbury Agent for the Elderly, providing information on potential benefits and resources
  • CANTERBURY HISTORICAL SOCIETY—your Old Home Day hosts—offering home-baked goods, Canterbury-themed items, and exhibits inside the restored one-room Green district schoolhouse
  • Canterbury Lions, serving hamburgers, hot dogs, water, soda, and chips
  • Canterbury Seniors, available to discuss their programs and trips and why eligible people should join their organization
  • Canterbury Veteran Liaison, Willow Clauson, works to help the town’s military veterans, putting them in touch with available services
  • Canterbury VFW, Post 10688
  • Canterbury Volunteer Fire Department, displaying of some of their equipment
  • Celtic Hill Alpaca, Rob Rautio showing alpacas and goats, demonstrating spinning, and offering ceramics, alpaca yarn, fiber, and knitted goods
  • Children’s activities–FREE! Have fun with the First Congregational Church youth group
  • Ray Clauson, displaying antique lanterns
  • OHD_sidebar2.jgpJames Easton, traditional hand-made wood carvings
  • Ernie’s Custom Woodcrafts, Ernest Provencher offering hand-crafted cutting boards and other woodenware
  • Face painting by Amanda Doughty
  • Finnish American Heritage Society, offering traditional pulla bread
  • First Congregational Church of Canterbury, selling homemade pies
  • Fran Grab, offering hand-crafted items
  • Friends of the Canterbury Public Library, with used books for sale
  • Gooseneck Hill Quilt Company, Sarah Noiseux, with heirloom quilts, kits, and quilting fabric
  • Hay Burr Inn equine rescue, showing miniature horses
  • His Majesty’s 9th Regiment of Foot, Rev War reenactors
  • Honey Pickle Farms, Lori Veit Fenner, offering handcraft knitted and crocheted items
  • Hundred Acre Jams, Denise Lippy, with Canterbury-made jams, jellies, fruit butters, and applesauce
  • The Huntington Homestead, Gov. Samuel Huntington Trust, preserving the birthplace of Samuel Huntington, American patriot, governor of Connecticut, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and president of the Continental Congress
  • Bill Kivic, waffle and wafer making over an open fire
  • Mike Kotowski, playing his accordion inside the Green schoolhouse
  • Lance Kozikowski, demonstrating historical metalsmithing
  • Lynne Krug, traditional blacksmithing all day
  • Lazy J Ranch Designs, Joann Johnson, stitched items, bibs, dog jackets, and more
  • Mary’s Stitched Confections, with bibs, aprons, tote bags, and gift bags
  • Michelle’s Beads, bead craft items
  • Bob Noiseux, free vintage car rides (seriously, rides are FREE)
  • Northeast District Department of Health
  • Ole Yankee Farm, AmyJo and Sean Labbe showing exotic breeds of chickens
  • Alton Orlomoski, displaying local antiques and other items of interest
  • Our Kids Farm, Wendee Dupont, dwarf goats, goats’ milk lotions and soaps
  • Pat’s Fleece, Pat Tracy with custom fleece items including themed-blankets – animals, sports teams, etc.
  • Plainfield Historical Society
  • Roseland Cottage, a Historic New England property, historical reenactors
  • Brain Sear and/or Molly Arnio, demonstrating a traditional printing press
  • She’s Sew Obsessed, Amy Arnio, hand-made bags and small treasures
  • Swampy Acre Farm, offering local farm products and showing a friendly farm animal or two
  • Deirdre Tetreault, with cold process soaps, crafted table linens, and more
  • The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor
  • 26th Yankee Division, WWI reenactors
  • Whisper Willow Farm, Amanda Gavitt, with bunnies, chickens, and ducks
  • Why Canterbury? – learn about an ongoing oral history project in our public schools
  • Wilkinson Farm, maple syrup and hand-made wooden toys

Special Honoree Raymond Coombs Sr.

Old Home Day 2018 is dedicated to the memory of Ray Coombs Sr.
Old Home Day 2018 is dedicated to the memory of Ray Coombs Sr.

This year’s Old Home Day fall celebration is gratefully dedicated to the memory of Raymond Coombs Sr., life-long Canterbury resident, knowledgeable outdoorsman, history enthusiast, and tireless volunteer in the community. He was also a snappy dresser, nearly always sporting American flag suspenders and a historical-style hat of some type. Among the Canterbury organizations that benefitted from his volunteer service over the years are the Prudence Crandall Museum, the Canterbury Lions Club, and fortunately for us—the Canterbury Historical Society. We miss him and are pleased to honor him and celebrate his life in this small way.

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