TORRINGTON — The Torrington Historical Society and the Northwest Connecticut Chamber Education Foundation are collaborating to showcase six Torrington homes and raise funds for their educational programs.

The 2019 Torrington House Tour includes two separate events, a preview party from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, September 27 at Five Points Center for the Visual Arts on Water Street and a House Tour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, September 28, beginning at the Chamber of Commerce, 333 Kennedy Dr. 

The preview party will feature a bus tour of the 2019 homes from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by a reception with music and refreshments.

Tickets for the preview tour and party are $75.

The house tour includes six homes in a wide variety of styles. The homes selected for the 2019 tour range in date from 1820 to 1957, highlighting more than 150 years of Torrington’s history.

This year’s tour will return to the Doolittle House, circa 1850, on New Harwinton Road, which was a highlight of the 2015 tour. On the west side, a slightly older farmhouse known as the Nickel Brook Farm will be featured for the first time. There are two houses from the early 20th century, one in the Wilson Avenue neighborhood and one on Riverside Avenue along the Naugatuck River.

There are also two mid-century homes, one in the Colonial Revival style and one that is Mid-Century Modern.

Participants will receive a program guide and a map when they arrive at the Chamber of Commerce to begin the tour. Ticket-holders are asked to drive their own cars and park near each home; no shuttle buses will be available this year. 

Tickets for the house tour are $30 in advance at the Chamber of Commerce, the Torrington Historical Society or online at, or $35 on the day of the tour.

Those seeking additional information may call Mark McEachern,Torrington Historical Society, at 860-482-8260 or JoAnn Ryan, Northwest Connecticut Chamber Education Foundation, 860-482-6586.

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