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“We want to af­ford peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to take a look at things they don’t nor­mally get to look at or go some­where they don’t nor­mally go,” said Beryl Fish­bone, vol­un­teer pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor for the mu­seum. “I hope peo­ple will come and see what we’ve done.”

The Leff­in­g­well House Mu­seum was the home of Christo­pher Leff­in­g­well, a mer­chant, man­u­fac­turer and colonel in the Con­necti­cut Mili­tia dur­ing the Amer­i­can Revo­lu­tion. Built in 1675 by Stephen Backus, the house was turned into an inn around 1701 by Thomas Leff­in­g­well and later de­scended to Christo­pher, a renowned en­tre­pre­neur who cham­pi­oned the idea of buy­ing lo­cally to en­cour­age the found­ing fa­thers to as­sert their eco­nomic in­de­pen­dence.

Vis­i­tors will see a por­trait of the pe­riod un­like any other, in­clud­ing the Tav­ern Room, fea­tur­ing pan­el­ing styles not nor­mally seen in New Eng­land and fur­nish­ings from the 18th cen­tury. A photo doc­u­men­tary of the house’s trav­els from its orig­i­nal lot on Harland Road to its cur­rent lo­ca­tion on Washington Street will be fea­tured as well.

A new tool ex­hibit will be un­veiled de­tail­ing wood­work­ing and mold­ing tools and other items our found­ing fa­thers used in their day-to-day work, in­clud­ing the con­struc­tion of tall case clocks made in the city.

A man­nequin fam­ily dressed as a sol­dier, his wife and their child will pre­side over the event, wear­ing re-en­ac­tor cos­tumes from Bedford, Mass. Mu­seum staff will be on hand to dis­cuss the roles these fam­i­lies played in the book of his­tory.

Vis­i­tors will dis­cover se­cret hid­ing places in the house and learn about the crops they grew through a va­ri­ety of demon­stra­tions.

The open house day is a statewide event de­signed to show­case his­tory and cul­ture and en­cour­age new vis­i­tors, as well as en­gage res­i­dents of the state who may not have tapped into the rich his­tory in their own back­yard. More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at or the Con­necti­cut Com­mis­sion on Cul­ture & Tourism’s web­site, www.cul­ture­and­

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