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This calendar was last updated April 17, 2014.  Check this page or Enfield-area newspapers for event schedule updates.

The Old Town Hall Museum and the Martha A. Parsons House Museum are open Sundays 2:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. May through October and other times by appointment.  The Wallop School Museum is open one Sunday per month, June through September, 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. and other times by appointment.  Wallop School open house dates are listed in the calendar below as soon as they are scheduled.

Our museums are closed for the season.  Regular museum hours resume in May.

Our events are open to the public free of charge!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Dave Downs

The Marvelous Amusing Quack Medicine Show - 7:00 P.M. at the Enfield American Baptist Church, 129 Post Office Road.  Have you ever seen an Electric Magneto Nervous Machine?  Step back in time.  Learn how the monaural stethoscope was invented.  Discover why the “ear cone” was placed in the ear and then set ablaze!

Dave Downs has assembled a unique and fascinating collection of antique medical and surgical instruments for your enjoyment.  Always entertaining and enlightening, Downs acquaints his audience with extraordinary medical techniques practiced during the 18th & 19th century.  Dave’s Quack Medical Show is a memorable experience that you won’t have anywhere else.

Recipient of the "BEST EXHIBITOR AWARD" at The New England History Festival, Dave Downs is a retired school teacher with a master's degree in Creative Arts in Education.  He belongs to the Rehoboth Minutemen and is a member of the Living History Association.

John Howland is best remembered for having fallen off the Mayflower during a mighty storm.  Luckily, he was pulled aboard.  His descendants include such renowned personalities as Richard Nixon, George Bush and Dave Downs, our speaker!  Would we have a Marvelous Amusing Quack Medicine Show on Monday, April 28th if John Howland had not been saved?

Remember - the public is very welcome to this FREE program, so don't be shy!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Old Town Hall Museum Spring Cleaning Day - 9:00 A.M. until everything is clean at the Old Town Hall Museum, 1294 Enfield Street, Route 5.  Enfield Historical Society members and friends of the Old Town Hall Museum are invited to help us with our Spring cleaning at the museum.  If you can run a vacuum, mop a floor, clean a window, or swing a dust cloth, we need you!  We will bring the cleaning supplies; you bring the elbow grease.  Help us get ready for opening day!

Remember - the public is very welcome to this FREE museum, so don't be shy!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Martha Parsons House

Martha Parsons House Opening Day - 2:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. at the Martha A. Parsons House Museum, 1387 Enfield Street, Route 5.  Did you visit the Martha Parsons House Museum last year?  No?  Sunday, May 4 is your first chance to see what you missed.  Unable to make it on opening day?  Stop in any Sunday afternoon this summer and be sure to watch for special events that you won’t want to miss! 

Remember - the public is very welcome to this FREE museum, so don't be shy!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Old Town Hall Exhibits

Old Town Hall Museum Opening Day and FREE Collins Creamery Ice Cream - 2:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. at the Old Town Hall Museum, 1294 Enfield Street, Route 5.  There are hundreds of antiques, artifacts, photographs, and historic documents to see at the Old Town Hall.  Be sure to check out our expanded research area, where you might find the answers to your Enfield or family history questions.  You will want to visit more than once this year, just to be able to see everything.  Come on opening day and you can enjoy FREE ice cream with sprinkles on our front porch, while supplies last! 

After you visit the Old Town Hall, be sure to enjoy FREE ice cream with sprinkles on our front porch, opening day (May 18) only, while supplies last! 

Remember - the public is very welcome to this FREE museum, so don't be shy!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Picturing the Civil War: Prints and Photographs by Connecticut Printmakers and Photographers - 7:00 P.M. at the Enfield American Baptist Church, 129 Post Office Road.  Ever wonder about how people on the home front visualized what was happening on the battlefields of the Civil War?  Nancy Finlay, Curator of Graphics at the Connecticut Historical Society, will share contemporary prints and photographs of the conflict produced right here in Connecticut.  These include stirring battle scenes and moving portraits of individual soldiers drawn from the extensive collections of the Connecticut Historical Society.

This program is a part of the CHS adult education program.  To learn more about CHS and its programs, visit www.chs.org.  CHS is located at 1 Elizabeth Street in Hartford, CT.

Remember - the public is very welcome to this FREE program, so don't be shy!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Hazardville parade

Enfield Memorial Day Parade - The parade kicks off at 1:00 P.M. in front of the Old Town Hall Museum.  Roads along the parade route, including Route 5 at the Old Town Hall, will close to traffic shortly before the parade starts and remain closed until the parade passes.  The Old Town Hall Museum will open immediately after the parade and remain open until the normal closing time of 4:30 P.M.  Please plan your visit to the Old Town Hall accordingly.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Wallop School Museum

Wallop School Open House - 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the Wallop School Museum, 250 Abbe Road on the corner of Wallop School Road.  There are only four open houses this year.  Don't miss this chance to see our beautifully restored one-room school. 

Remember - the public is very welcome to this FREE museum, so don't be shy!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Father's Day - The Old Town Hall Museum is closed for Father's Day.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hazardville parade

Enfield 4th of July Celebration on the Town Green -

The Old Town Hall Museum is closed for the day.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Wallop School Museum

Wallop School Open House - 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the Wallop School Museum, 250 Abbe Road on the corner of Wallop School Road.  There are only three open houses left this year.  Don't miss this chance to see our beautifully restored one-room school. 

Remember - the public is very welcome to this FREE museum, so don't be shy!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Wallop School Museum

Wallop School Open House - 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the Wallop School Museum, 250 Abbe Road on the corner of Wallop School Road.  There are only two open houses this year.  Don't miss this chance to see our beautifully restored one-room school. 

Remember - the public is very welcome to this FREE museum, so don't be shy!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Wallop School Museum

Wallop School Open House - 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the Wallop School Museum, 250 Abbe Road on the corner of Wallop School Road.  There is only one open house left this year.  Don't miss this last chance to see our beautifully restored one-room school in 2012. 

Remember - the public is very welcome to this FREE museum, so don't be shy!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

1914 Enfield - 6:30 P.M. at the Enfield Senior Center, 299 Elm Street.  Please note the special day, time, and location for this month's program.  The Enfield Historical Society will present a special program about 1914 Enfield as part of the Pearl Street Library's centennial celebration.  More details will be posted as they become available.

Remember - the public is very welcome to this FREE program, so don't be shy!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Old Town Hall Exhibits

Last Open Day - 2:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. at the Old Town Hall Museum, 1294 Enfield Street, Route 5., and the Martha A. Parsons House Museum, 1387 Enfield Street, Route 5.  Now that you have spent the summer honing your procrastination skills, you can take this final opportunity in 2014 to visit our outstanding museums! 

Remember - the public is very welcome to these FREE museums, so don't be shy!