Card tables reunited
Windsor - posted Jun, 26 2013
WINDSOR - Join the Windsor Historical Society and the Oliver Ellsworth Homestead on Sunday, July 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. for a free event to celebrate the reunion of Oliver Ellsworth’s pair of mahogany card tables. The Ellsworth Homestead, operated by the Connecticut Daughters of the American Revolution, has owned one of these tables since 1903. In January of 2013, the Windsor Historical Society acquired its mate at auction. Separated since 1857, the two tables will be reunited in Ellsworth’s parlor at the Homestead after over 150 years apart. The program will begin at 1 p.m. at the Windsor Historical Society at 96 Palisado Ave. Society Curator Christina Vida will present an illustrated lecture by on the two paths that these tables have taken since their creation and separation, how she was able to determine that the tables were mates, and how card tables functioned in the late eighteenth century. Around 2 p.m., the group will reconvene at the Ellsworth Homestead, located two miles north of the Society at 778 Palisado Ave. Participants will be able to study the two tables in the parlor and see other original furnishings that belonged to Oliver and Abigail Ellsworth on view in the house. Admission to this program is free. The Society’s table will remain on loan to the Homestead through the end of July. The Ellsworth Homestead is open Fridays and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. A donation of $4 for adults is suggested for regular tours.