Learn the history
Tolland - posted Oct, 14 2013
TOLLAND - Tim Gottier will present an exhibit and talk about the colorful history of Shenipsit Lake at the Tolland Historical Society's Old Tolland County Courthouse at 53 Tolland Green on Saturday, Oct. 26 and Sunday, Oct 27. The exhibit will open Saturday at 6:30 p.m. with a chance to view Gottier's pictures and exhibits before the talk begins at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, exhibit opens at 1 p.m.; a talk is scheduled for 2 p.m. Shenipsit Lake, locally known as "the Snip" borders the towns of Tolland, Vernon and Ellington and its quiet appearance today gives no hint of its surprising history. From its time as a fishing place for early native Americans and later a source of water power for the many mills of Rockville, it became the destination, perhaps by trolley car, for food, dancing, or an afternoon cruise on one of three steam-powered boats. The trolley ran from Hartford to Rockville, and later extended to the popular resort area of Crystal Lake and on to Stafford Springs. The exhibit will also be open on Saturday, Nov. 2 and Sunday, Nov. 3, from 1 to 4 p.m. There is no charge for admission, though donations will be accepted. The Court Room Museum is upstairs at the Courthouse.