2002 Fall Season

Litchfield, CT -- Contact: Janet L. Serra For Immediate Release 860-567-4506 lhcvbnwct@aol.com Take a ride in a horse drawn carriage, listen to tales of Old New England, see a Colonial military muster and visit a marketplace in the spirit of the 18th century, where spinners, basket weavers and soap makers are at their old-fashioned crafts. Everyone is invited to spend the afternoon enjoying a taste of yesterday at the 8th Annual Colonial Fair and Muster Day to be held at on Hollow Road, just off of Rte. 6 in the center of Woodbury, Connecticut on Sunday, September 8, 2002 from noon to 5 p.m. The free event is sponsored by the Glebe House Museum and the Hurd House Museum, two institutions on Hollow Road, a street remarkable for the integrity of its architecture and setting. Buildings ranging in age from the 17th to the early 19th centuries line the road, including commercial structures such as barns and shops preserved on several of the properties. A large field, farmed until the 1950s, is now Hollow Park, Woodbury's main recreational area. Hollow Road will be closed to traffic to allow for admiring its buildings and for easy access to the festivities. Both museum houses will be offering guided tours. The Glebe House Museum preserves the site of the first election of an Episcopal bishop by citizens of the United States in the 1780s. The house is furnished to interpret the life John Rutgers Marshall, the Rector of St. Paul's Church at the time, his wife, nine children and their two slaves. It is surrounded by the colorful perennial borders of a Gertrude Jekyll Garden, the only extant garden in this country by the famed English garden designer. The Hurd House, built in the late 17th century, is believed to be the oldest house still on its original site in Litchfield Hills. A property of the Old Woodbury Historical Society,the Museum interprets the life of the Hurd family, one of the original families to migrate to Woodbury from Stratford in the 1670s, and the original owners of the Glebe House property, as well. Junior docents who have been exploring Colonial life at the Hurd House since April, will be on hand in period costume to explain and demonstrate what they have learned. Parking for visitors will be available in Hollow Park. For more information about the Colonial Fair, 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.