The Weston Historical Society’s Coley House is set to reopen on October 2

The David Dimon Coley House, a historical museum in Weston depicting life in the 1940s, will reopen for tours Oct. 2 after a five-year hiatus, the Weston Historical Society announced in a news release.

The Greek Revival-style building was home to five generations of the Coley family for over 130 years until Cleora Coley bequeathed it to the Weston Historical Society in 1981, according to its website. In 2017, the museum closed for restoration work funded by The Daniel E. Offutt, III Charitable Trust, the press release said.

When it reopens, the guided tour will tell the story of the Coley family’s likely life in the 1940s and include three new exhibits exploring Weston’s history.


“Over five years, Coley House has undergone restoration work as well as a reinterpretation that includes new exhibits and a focus on life in the 1940s,” the press release reads. “No other historic home in Connecticut reflects the 1940’s era, which makes the Coley House unique.”

The period rooms on the first floor reflect the 1941-45 period when three generations of the Coley family lived in the house. The living room explores recreation during World War II and the kitchen represents the food and technology available to the Coley family at the time, according to the press release.

In the office and sewing room, visitors can learn about Cleora Coley, who was a caregiver, homemaker and accountant for the construction company owned by her husband, James, according to the Weston’s website. Historical Society.

Coley House’s interactive exhibit, “Life in the 1940s”, compares home life, technology and gender roles in the 1840s (when the house was built) to the 1940s.

The ‘Let’s Play’ exhibit in Jimmy Coley’s former bedroom depicts what Weston children did for fun in the 1840s and 1940s. Visitors can see the games and toys used by children during these two eras and learn about the Weston Toy Company.

“Twelve Stories of Weston” highlights twelve moments in Weston’s history, including the native inhabitants of Weston, the town’s industrial era, and the impact of the Merritt Parkway and Saugatuck Reservoir.

The Coley House and Weston Historical Society Exhibit Hall will be open Thursdays and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. for hourly tours with a $5 admission fee for non-members of the Weston Historical Society. Visits will be free on opening day.

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