800 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury, CT 06070
phone: 860-658-2500
Adults - $6.00, Seniors (65 and over) - $5.00, Children (6 to 17) - $4.00. Group rates available.
Museum Type(s)
Dawn Hutchins Bobryk, Executive Director
Catherine Bermon, Director of Programs


The "Entertainment of Strangers" uses period rooms and interactive exhibition galleries to interpret the use of the historic Capt. Elisha Phelps house as an inn from 1786 to 1849. Three successive generations of the Phelps tavernkeepers are chronicled along with the social history of taverns in New England. From Masonic meetings to ordination balls, the Phelps Tavern hosted townspeople and travelers who arrived by horse, stagecoach and canal.

Educational Programs

Group tours are available and school tours are offered by appointment. Due to the period nature of the building, site is not handicapped accessible.