Cross Street AME Zion Church 440 West St, Middletown, CT06457 Located at the corner of West and Wadsworth streets, this church has Sunday services at 10am; Sunday school begins at…More 8:30am. This church first stood at Cross Street and in the early 1800s ministered to a small Middletown neighborhood of black families who owned their homes -- a rare thing in pre-Civil War America. The row of homes still stands along Vine Street. The origins of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion church date back to 1796.
Memorial Chapel 221 High St, Middletown, CT06459 Memorial Chapel is a multi-denominational chapel located on High Street in Middletown and is part of Wesleyan…More University. The chapel holds weekly religious services and was originally built as a memorial for Wesleyan University men who died in the Civil War. It has room for over 500 people and has pews on two levels as well as air conditioning. The location is used for lectures, concerts and other events and also has a pipe organ and grand piano. Check the main website for details on upcoming events or for information on the chapel.
The not-for-profit Middlesex County Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the history of Middlesex County and…More providing programs for adults and children to increase their understanding of the past. Museum exhibits, historic graveyard walking tours, Civil War re-enactments and a lecture series are among its many annual events.
Since 1959, the society has been housed in a Federal brick mansion that is the former home of General Joseph K.F. Mansfield, a Civil War hero who died at the battle of Antietam in 1862.
Exhibits at the Mansfield House have showcased artifacts from the society's permanent collection as well as 19th century women's clothing, immigrant groups, the rise and fall of manufacturing in Middlesex County, and death and dying from colonial times to the present. A permanent exhibit, Hard & Stirring Times: Middletown and the Civil War, explores local soldiers' experiences through photographs, military gear, diaries and letters home.
Grounds at the Mansfield House also feature a colorful herb garden maintained by the Middletown Garden Club. The garden is open daily. It also has a gift shop. The historical society is governed by a 15-member board of directors.