The Unionville Museum, founded in 1984, is a non-profit 501C3 organization housed in a historic Carnegie Library building in downtown Unionville owned by the Town of Farmington. In the years since its founding the museum has collected over 10,000 photographs and historical items which we draw on for exhibits, special events, and doing presentations for local community groups. We also draw on our collection to assist those researching their family's history. The Museum is supported by a wide range of individuals, businesses and civic organizations. It relies on membership dues, bequests, grants, and fundraisers to stage exhibits, offer special events and preserve its valuable collection.
The museum's mission is to "foster an appreciation of the history, culture and traditions of the village of Unionville, Connecticut by collecting and preserving artifacts from its history and using these artifacts to interpret and present Unionville’s story".
The museum opened on November 4th, 1984 with the presentation of its first exhibit “You’ve Come a Long Way” featuring items from the suffrage movement collection of local collector Frank Corbeil. The exhibit was a great success and was followed a month later by the first annual carol sing. Over the last 37 years, the museum has presented over 85 exhibits. Topics have included Unionville in the Civil War, WWI, wedding gowns, local mills, the Flood of 55, Suburban Park, and Farmington High School Boys Basketball Championships. It has also hosted and co-sponsored many special events and presentations including the history of Hitchcock Chairs, the rededication of the Civil War Monument, Unionville Trolley Day, and the annual Jingle Bell Jubilee.
We have partnered with the Farmington Historical Society, the Farmington Library, Tunxis Hose Company One, Farmington Public Schools, the Unionville Free Masons, the Stanley Whitman House, the Boy Scouts of America and the Girl Scouts of America and have enjoyed strong support from our business community.