Shelton History Center

The Shelton History Center consists of three structures. The Marks-Brownson House, the Wilson Barn and Trap Falls School. The Marks-Brownson House dates from 1803. It was built by the merchant Hezekiah Marks. Fireplaces, each distinguished by different mantelpieces and detailed molding throughout the house, make this a fine example of Federal architecture. The last residents of the house were Harry and Gertrude Brownson, who farmed around Huntington Center. Upon Mrs. Brownson’s death, the historical Society obtained the house and moved it to its present site, saving it from demolition. Furnishings within the Marks-Brownson House reflect the lifestyle of a middle-class farming family during the turn of the century. The piano in the front parlor, a lady’s writing desk, and a golden oak bedroom set are Brownson family treasures.

The Wilson Barn, built in the 19th century, was in use for produce storage until the 1980s. The barn was in derelict condition in 1992. Spearheaded by a team of volunteers, an ambitious restoration took place. Much of the original post and beam framing is apparent within the structure. The foundation is particularly interesting due to the fact that the original builder took advantage of the granite ledge upon which the barn is placed. Currently a showplace for Shelton History Center’s permanent exhibit, "Three Centuries of Shelton – From Farming to Industry and Beyond," the barn has been reborn. The interactive exhibit traces the evolution of the City of Shelton from its native roots to present day through its Puritan settlements and its agricultural and industrial past.

Young and old delight in the 1872 Trap Falls School. Originally located across from Trap Falls Reservoir, the building was obtained and moved in 1971. The one-room schoolhouse educated students from kindergarten through eighth grade. Other school districts in Shelton had similar one-room structures whose students walked or arrived by farm "carry-all." Today’s students may explore the past by participating in any of the Shelton History Center’s educational programs, tours or workshops. Coordinating museum resources with those of area educators creates a partnership for a more complete understanding of the past, creating a stronger foundation for the future.

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Trap Fall School House

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