St. Mary of Czestochowa was founded at the start of the 20th century by Polish immigrants living in Middletown. The…More church retains many of its traditions, including a weekly Polish Mass and devotions. Weekday Mass is held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 7:30am. Saturday Mass is at 8am. A Saturday vigil Mass begins at 5pm (in spring and summer) and at 4pm during Daylight Savings Time. A Sunday Mass is conducted in Polish at 7:30am; later Masses are conducted in English at 9:30am and 11am.
St. Mary of Czestochowa has a youth program that meets monthly for discussions and games. There's also a prayer group and "Why Catholics?" discussion group for adults.
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.