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The 13th annual Connecticut Open House Day on Saturday June 11 will showcase the state’s world of history, art, and tourism, with free admission, special exhibits, and other activities to explore statewide.

Join the statewide celebration by visiting The Atwood Farm, located at 624 Wormwood Hill Road in Mansfield Center — the Joshua’s Trust headquarters.

On this day, the public is invited to explore the farm free of charge, from noon to 4 p.m. Enjoy walking the grounds of this idyllic setting, planted with many flowering trees and shrubs, as well as many varieties of apple trees. A number of the outbuildings will be open including the Weaver’s House, the Blacksmith Shop, the hen house and the house itself.

WeaversCottage_GwenHaalandIsabelle “Izzy” Atwood of Mansfield lived at the Atwood Farm her entire life and was an active member of the community. When Isabelle left her estate to Joshua’s Trust in 2012, she intended that the property become a farm museum. She wanted to preserve and display the home, outbuildings, grounds, and historical implements of the 19th Century farm. Over many years, she collected farm and textile tools toward this end. Isabelle maintained the barn, blacksmith shop, carriage shed, pigsty, corncrib, and a little red house, which became the Weaver’s Cottage in the early 20th Century (pictured above, by Gwen Haaland). Among other weaving implements, the Weaver’s Cottage now houses a barn frame loom, a niddy noddy, and spinning wheels, reels, and swifts.

On Connecticut Open House Day, Joshua’s Trust volunteers will be available to provide information on the farm and more. We hope to see you there!

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