Katherine Hepburn's mom and other Plainville Historic Center programs

Published on Saturday, 11 March 2017 21:11


PLAINVILLE - The Plainville Historic Center has several upcoming programs, starting with a look at “300 Years of Connecticut’s Remarkable Women” March 21.

The March 21 program will be held at 7 p.m. at the Historic Center at 29 Pierce St. Representatives from the CT Women’s Hall of Fame will make a multi-media presentation on 109 women in the Hall of Fame.

“There will be many famous women and some not so famous ones,” said Nancy Eberhardt, president of the Plainville Historic Center. “Among them will be Katharine Houghton Hepburn, the mother of the famous actress. She was a leader of the suffrage movement and was very famous in her time for working to improve the lot of women in Hartford.”

Eberhardt said that she is trying to have the Plainville Historic Center honor women’s history during the month of March just like it honors black history in February.

“This program will be a good way to get an overview of women’s history over the years,” she said.

Eberhardt said Plainville was once home to a famous female poet, Anna Granniss, who was born in 1856 and died in 1947. The Plainville Historic Center contains an exhibit featuring photos of her and some of her poetry.

“She was a social worker before people were known as social workers,” said Eberhardt. “She also wrote music for her church in Plainville. She was born in Southington and when her father died she moved with her mother and siblings to Plainville, where she got a job at a stitching mill. That was really the only place where a woman could get a job that wasn’t hazardous, like working with lead paint at the clock factory.”

On April 11, the Plainville Historic Center will be at the Plainville Public Library at 56 E. Main St. There, Ms. Haseley-Jones aka “English Lady” will host a program titled “Garden Earth” which discusses “the impact of your garden on Mother Earth and how to help it.”

“She will tell guests how to use natural insecticides and she will provide other tips for organic gardening,” said Eberhardt.

On May 16, the Plainville Historic Center will host “Down Memory Lane - Cook’s Tavern - J. Timothy’s, a Plainville Landmark.” Eberhardt said the historic eatery opened the same year that George Washington, the first president of The United States, took his first oath of office in 1789.

It remained in the Cooke Family until it was purchased in 1979 by Tim Adams and Jim Welch and re-opened as J. Timothy’s Taverne.

“We have the early daybooks of Mrs. Cooke, the first owner,” said Eberhardt. “It mentions how she would cook meals and then go to bed early, leaving them out for guests to help themselves. Today it remains one of Plainville’s most popular eateries and my nephews go crazy for their Dirt wings. They go through a ton of them on Super Bowl Sunday.”

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, Plainville on Saturday, 11 March 2017 21:11. Updated: Saturday, 11 March 2017 21:14.