Victorian Days in Willimantic
In the mid-to-late 1800s, Willimantic, Connecticut was a textile industry boomtown, which resulted in the building of many elaborate Victorian hones and cottages. The Hill Section of the town has retained much of its Victorian charm, and Victorian Days are your best opportunity to get a look inside some of the nicest Victorians in town.
Victorian Days are the entire weekend, starting with a Lantern Light Tour of the historic Camp Meeting Association’s village on Thursday, May 31, led by historian Bev York (7 PM), and a Classic Brass Band Concert Friday night, June 1, at the First Congregational Church of Willimantic (199 Valley Street). Then, Saturday and Sunday, it’s the main course, with open house tours from 11 AM to 4 PM.
Event tickets include entry into Victorian homes, a Master Garden tour, horse and wagon rides, guided tours of Windham Mills and Willimantic Town Hall, and the Friday concert. Tickets must be reserved in advance (call 860-456-1666) and will be available online soon. Tickets are $20 per person.
If you really want to get into the Victorian mood, there are Victorian Teas in the Queen Anne-style Joseph Dwight Chaffee House on Saturday and Sunday, with tea sandwiches, scones, pastries and (of course) tea. Tickets are $15/adults and reservations are required 860-428-7573.