'Walking Tour of Historic Terryville' brochure includes historic sites for people to visit

Published on Thursday, 4 June 2020 11:16


PLYMOUTH – Jerry Milne of the Plymouth Historical Society will be at the Lock Museum of America Saturday morning, handing out brochures for people to take a self-guided walking tour of historic sites in town.

Milne will be outside of the museum at 230 Main St., Terryville from 10 to 10:30 a.m. He said that the new “Walking Tour of Historic Terryville” brochure will include 10 sites for people to check out as part of an hour-and-a-half walk. Information about each site will be included in the brochure, which was funded thanks to the Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation.

“It will be a great way for families and small groups to get out, enjoy some fresh air and learn something about local history,” said Milne.

The brochure will include the water wheel, Terryville library, the Lock Museum, Terryville Congregational Church, Terryville Cemetery, where Eli Terry and Eli Terry Jr. are buried, the town’s 225th anniversary mural on the side of Lee Hardware and Immaculate Conception Church, where Michael McGivney founded The Knights of Columbus in the 1880s. The tour will then head to the Dorence Atwater Monument, Baldwin Park and Hillside Cemetery, which was founded in 1863 to bury the town’s dead from the Civil War.

The Passport to Plymouth will also be distributed on Saturday. Milne described the passport as a “self-guided scavenger hunt” to 20 historic sites in town.

“At each site, you will look for information to answer questions in the Passport,” he said. “You can spend all summer visiting the sites.”

On Labor Day, there will be a Passport Party at the Lock Museum where people can get their Passport stamped. There will also be free ice cream, thanks to the Main Street Community Foundation, and tours of the Museum.

Both activities are part of Plymouth’s 225th Anniversary celebration, which Milne said has unfortunately been impacted by COVID-19.

“The Passport for Plymouth was handed out in February and it was given out to second graders at Fisher Elementary School before COVID-19 happened,” said Milne. “I still have hundreds of copies to give out.”

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

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plymouth, Terryville on Thursday, 4 June 2020 11:16. Updated: Thursday, 4 June 2020 11:19.