Honoring Juneteenth @ the Glebe House

The Glebe House on Hollow Road in Woodbury is hosting readings from “A Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Venture, a Native of Africa: But Resident above Sixty Years in the United States of America.” Guest speaker, Dr. James Bauer of Woodbury, will read his chosen passages from Venture’s Narrative.

Venture was born in West Africa (c1729), sold into slavery and brought to New England by way of Barbados, Venture Smith was able to buy his freedom and that of his family. He was successful in many of his business endeavors and purchased a farm in 1775 at Haddam Neck in Connecticut. In 1798, Venture dictated his life and experiences which were printed by The Bee in New London, Connecticut, making his story the earliest published slave narrative in the United States.

A warm awaits @ the Glebe House

Dr. Bauer is a supporter of many local groups such as Connecticut Choral Society, Woodbury Baseball and Softball, Woodbury Pop Warner, and Nonnewaug HS Grad night, to name just a few. He is also a member of the Tufts Alumni Advancement Program. He is affiliated with the Danbury Dental Association, and a member of the Connecticut Dental Association, American Dental Association as well as the Missions of Mercy Dental service.

Summer Fun @ Glebe House in Woodbury

Thanks to Ion Bank Foundation and the Gabrielson Family Fund children may enjoy three weeks of unique summer experiences, filled with fun and hands-on learning at our 18th-century historic site, The Glebe House Museum and Gertrude Jekyll Garden. This year the programs will span Colonial and Victorian life in Woodbury where children will experience innovative, exciting, enriching, and fun activities, and are limited to only 12 in a group.



Registration is open for all sessions:

“Hands-on History” July 11 – 15 offers children ages 6-12 experiences in 18th-century life. Children participate in activities spanning quill writing, candle making, historic house tours, colonial games, and much more.

New this year is “Jekyll’s Secret Garden” from July 18 through July 22 for children ages 6-12. This program gives children the opportunity to explore “The Secret Garden” story by Frances Hodgson Burnett and learn scenes from the play of the same name by Marsha Norman. Guest artist, Carol Ziske, will lead this program. Ms. Ziske is an Actor and Director who has numerous plays, films, and vocal recordings. As an Actor, she has starred in more than 15 plays and motion pictures, such as “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Other People’s Money”. As a Director she has produced more than 15 plays including Our Town (Warner Theater-Torrington) and Love Letters (Newport, RI), just to name a few. Ms. Ziske has extensive experience sharing her love of theater with children and has been an acting teacher and coach for many years. The program will also include gardening activities & crafts.

Another popular program is “Individual Program Days for the Young Apprentice” for children ages 10-15, which will be held July 25 – 28 with each day exploring a different colonial craft. The schedule includes Colonial Lighting & Tin Lanterns, Colonial Cooking, Textiles & Weaving, and Basket Making.

A popular program also being offered this summer is Hands-on History & Art of the Garden which runs Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. The cost to participate is $225 for Members and $250 for Non-Members per week.

Individual Program Days are offered Monday – Thursday from 9:00 am-1:00 pm at $40 for Members and $45 for Non-Members per program day.

Please see website for details and registration form: http://www.glebehousemuseum.org Registrations will be accepted until all programs are filled.

High School Students aged 14 and up are encouraged to apply as “Youth Leaders” to earn community service hours and a small stipend as they help staff with daily activities for the program.

College Students and Adults aged 18 and up who have an interest in history, gardening, theater and education are encouraged to apply as paid Program Leaders for individual weeks.

Please call The Glebe House Museum at 203-263-2855, email us at office@glebehousemuseum.org, or visit us online at glebehousemuseum.org to register, to receive a program brochure or for additional information.

An Evening of Celebration Glebe House Garden Party June 25

In the early summer, there is nothing better than an alfresco Garden Party amid the fragrant blossoms of a historic house and garden. The Glebe House, one of the oldest house museums in Connecticut with a nationally famous garden, is the venue for the epitome of a perfect garden party. This year, the Glebe House located on Hollow Road in Woodbury is hosting its annual Garden Party on Saturday, June 25 from 6 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tickets to this fundraising event are $40 per person and can be purchased online @ https://www.glebehousemuseum.org or by calling 203-263-2855. For the direct link for tickets click here.

A warm awaits @ the Glebe House

Each year, friends, and guests enjoy this spectacular garden designed in 1926 by famed English horticultural designer, writer, and artist, Gertrude Jekyll, who had a profound influence on modern garden design. Today, it is the only remaining example of Jekyll’s work in the U.S., making this garden party a celebration of an American garden designed from across the pond!

In June, the flowers are beginning to pop in waves of colors, patterns, textures, and fragrances. Tables and chairs are placed amid the backdrop of the garden and blankets are spread out under large shade trees. There will be sweet and savory hors d’ oeuvres packed in beautifully decorated individual boxes, wine bottled in Woodbury, from Walker Road Vineyards, sparkling water, lemonade made from fresh lemons picked from the Glebe House lemon tree, and a signature drink, “The Seabury Swing,” created by the Nutmeg Wine and Spirit Shoppe in Woodbury.

The only Jekyll Garden in the United States a perfect setting for a night out.

To add to this convivial event there will be a strolling 4-part Cappella Barbershop Quartet, the Valley Chordsmen, who are affiliated with the International Barbershop Harmony Society. They have been entertaining folks throughout the state for more than 73 years and are sure to add to the fun. Speaking of fun, the Silent Auction will feature a number of tantalizing items to bid on. One of the most sought-after items will be the catered “All Hallows Eve Cocktail Party for Ten” at the Glebe House. Imagine the spooktacular time your friends and family will have at this exclusive private event when the Glebe House is all decked out for Halloween!

As an added highlight, the first floor of the Glebe House will be open. This simple 18th-century farmhouse is furnished as the home of the Reverend John Rutgers Marshall and his family that lived here, in the “glebe” during the Revolutionary War. It is especially atmospheric to tour the house in the early evening imagining this is the way the family lived here with no electricity.

Fun with friends old and new in a fabulous garden setting!

Attending the Glebe House Garden Party is an unforgettable experience – with good fun shared by all, delicious food, and drinks enjoyed in a magical garden. The Glebe House Garden Party is the major fundraising event of the year for the museum. Proceeds support the maintenance of the Glebe House and Garden and educational programs.

About The Glebe House

Built about 1750, the Glebe House was saved by a committee that eventually became known as the Seabury Society for the Preservation of the Glebe House and was restored in 1923 under the direction of Henry Watson Kent, founder of the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It opened to the public as a Historic House Museum in June of 1925.

The Glebe House was the farm homestead of Woodbury’s first Anglican Minister, Rev. John Rutgers Marshall, his wife Sarah, their nine children, and three enslaved persons. It is historically significant because it is where the first Bishop of the American Episcopal Church, Reverend Dr. Samuel Seabury was elected in 1783.

At the time, this was a momentous decision because it assumed the separation of church and state and religious tolerance in the new nation. This significant historic house museum is beautifully appointed with period furniture, some of it locally made, and, it is surrounded by the only extant garden in the United States designed by Gertrude Jekyll, one of Great Britain’s most famous 20th-century garden designers. The garden includes a classic English style mixed border in Jekyll’s signature drifts of color, foundation plantings, and a planted stone quadrant.