'Night at the Museum' supports heritage tourism at Lock Museum of America

Published on Saturday, 30 July 2022 22:51
Written by Dean Wright


PLYMOUTH – The Lock Museum of America held its “Night at the Museum” event Saturday evening as a means of celebrating local history in its mission to continue drawing visitors to the Terryville area and encouraging “heritage tourism.”

“We’ve lived in town for 33 years and we drive by all the time,” said visitor Nancy Curley. “We saw an advertisement for it and thought it would be a perfect opportunity to finally come and see the lock museum. It’s funny. You live in a small town and you take things like this for granted.”

Curley went on a walking tour with a group of other visitors led by museum volunteer, Steve Courtney. From the museum, the tour walked to the Eli Terry Jr. Waterwheel and onto other historic locations through Terryville. Courtney also volunteers for the Mark Twain House in Hartford.

“I’ve always been interested in local history and the spirit of place,” he said,” and the fact there were so many people who were here before us who built this place up, who were good and bad people, they made it what it is, which is not always a perfect place, but it still has lots of good people and I hope it thrives.”

Museum volunteer Jerry Milne helped organize the event with the museum curator, Tom Hennessy.

“We would start here, and have a quick tour, then go upstairs and show people the museum and have some refreshments,” said the curator.

A Tale of Two Cemeteries lantern tours at Hillside Cemetery and Terryville Cemetery were also sponsored by the lock museum in a previous year and led by Milne.

Hennessy and Milne emphasized the importance of heritage tourism in small towns like Plymouth as being a means of attracting visitors to the area to help support area businesses as well as keeping the points of pride in a community alive.

“We had a girl from Michigan earlier just driving through and she stopped by out of curiosity,” said Hennessy.

He noted the lock museum’s escape room attraction had drawn a variety of visitors from across the state in its roughly five years of existence.

“Once you get in the door, you can see how interesting some of the stuff is,” Hennessy continued.

Milne said such events and attractions were a way of leading visitors from one attraction to another.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Forestville, General News, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington Herald on Saturday, 30 July 2022 22:51. Updated: Saturday, 30 July 2022 22:54.