Step Back in Time with a Visit to the Phelps Tavern Museum & Homestead

The Phelps Tavern Museum in Simsbury showcases what local life and entertainment was like for residents in the town during the 18th and 19th centuries. The building was home to five generations of the Phelps family, and it also served as a local tavern and hotel.

The museum is small, so you don’t need to plan for much time spent exploring. The exhibits include information about the Phelps family history and what daily life was like as a tavern keeper. There’s even a display of what would’ve been served on the menu in the tavern for each meal.

The tavern’s grounds are popular in the summer time when the gardens are blooming. Be sure to take a walk over to the nearby cemetery for a bit more history from as far back as the 1600s!

Phelps Tavern Museum & Homestead
800 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury, CT 06070
(860) 658-2500
www.simsburyhistory.org/buildings/tavern.html

Phelps Tavern Museum: Connecticut History

Enlighten yourself about the fascinating history of an important Simsbury institution with a tour of the Phelps Tavern Museum. The Elisha Phelps House operated as a tavern and inn from 1786 to 1849, hosting three generations of the Phelps family and an array of locals and travelers who arrived by canal boat, horseback or stagecoach. Today the building is a museum chronicling the illustrious history of the building and its colorful inhabitants. Period furnishing and interactive exhibits detail the rich story of this and other taverns throughout New England. Lectures are also held at the museum, which is open for tours all year long Tuesdays through Saturdays from 12 p.m until 4 p.m.

Phelps Tavern Museum
800 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury, CT 06070
(860) 658-2500
http://www.yelp.com/biz/phelps-tavern-museum-and-homestead-simsbury

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