Historic House Museum Decorated for the Season

The Hotchkiss-Fyler House Museum, located at 192 Main St., Torrington, is decorated for the Christmas season. Admission is $10 for adults and free for children 12 years old and younger. 

TORRINGTON — The Hotchkiss-Fyler House Museum, located at 192 Main St., is once again decorated for the Christmas season. Guided tours will take place Thursday, December 12 through Sunday, December 29 on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tours will begin promptly on the hour at noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for Torrington Historical Society members and free for children 12 years old and younger.

One of the state’s notable house museums, the Hotchkiss-Fyler House was built in 1900 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The house was the residence of the Hotchkiss and Fyler families for more than half a century until 1956, when Gertrude Fyler Hotchkiss bequeathed it to the Torrington Historical Society.

The interior features woodwork, painted and stenciled walls, original furnishings and collections of fine and decorative arts.

During the Christmas season, the house takes on a special ambiance as trees, lights and other Christmas decorations sparkle against the richly embellished interior of this historic home.

The woodwork is accented with greenery, wreaths and several Christmas trees.

Some trees are decorated with vintage ornaments, and beneath the boughs of the trees are antique toys from the Historical Society’s collection.

The dining room table is set for Christmas dinner with the fine china, crystal, silverware and linens that belonged to Gertrude Fyler Hotchkiss.

A special treat this year is the Hotchkiss bedroom, which has just reopened after a two-year restoration.

Those seeking further information may call 860-482-8260 or visit www.torringtonhistoricalsociety.org.

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