2001 Fall Season
Litchfield, CT -- Contact: Janet L. Serra For Immediate Release 860-567-4506 email@example.com The market days and militias of the 18th century will come to life at the festive Eighth Annual Colonial Fair and Muster Day to be held on Sunday September 16 from noon to 5 p.m. on Hollow Road in Woodbury, in Connecticut's Litchfield Hills. Stagecoach rides and Colonial dancing, Revolutionary re-enactors for both the American and British armies, story tellers and marionettes will keep things lively, while artisans demonstrate Early American crafts such as soap making, carving, basketry, spinning and weaving, with samples of their work offered for sale. The Fair is free to the public. Tours with costumed guides will be available for the Glebe House Museum and the Old Woodbury Historical Society, the two sponsoring organizations of the Colonial Fair. Each has a house museum on Hollow Road, the earliest area of Woodbury, settled in 1670. The purpose of the fair is to acquaint both townspeople and visitors with Woodbury's long history. Hollow Road will be closed to traffic for the afternoon, with tours offered to trace its changes over time. The Old Woodbury Historical Society maintains the historic Hurd House, interpreting the life of the Hurd family, one of the original families to migrate to Woodbury from Stratford in the 17th century. It is believed to be the oldest house still on its original site in Litchfield County. Farm animals and the vegetable garden at the Hurd House help to make the connection with Woodbury's agrarian past. The Glebe House, considered to be the birthplace of the Episcopal Church in America, was the site of the first election of an Episcopal bishop in this country. The home presents a picture of life as it was lived in the Revolutionary War Period. It is surrounded by the colorful perennial borders of a Gertrude Jekyll Garden, one of the few in this country by the famed English garden designer. For more information on special packages and a free copy of UNWIND, a 40-page color guide to lodging, dining and all the attractions in the area, write to the Litchfield Hills Visitors Bureau, P.O. Box 968, Litchfield, CT 06759, call (860) 567-4506 or visit their web site at www.litchfieldhills.com.