NEWTOWN — The Newtown Historical Society will show Matthew Curtiss House visitors how to travel back in time to the 18th century. 

The Society will host joiner Erik Paul demonstrate how woodworking tools were used to hand construct everything from home floors and staircases to benches and tables at the open house from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at 44 Main St.

In the 18th century, a joiner was a woodworker who produced all the finish work for buildings including doors, windows, shutters, fireplace surrounds, and cupboards.

Joiners used a variety of tools, including a plane jointer to join or connect pieces of wood together without any metal fasteners or nails.

Mr. Paul’s presentation will show how these 18th century projects were completed in relation to specific elements of the Matthew Curtiss House.

The open house and wood demonstration are free, but donations are always appreciated to help the Newtown Historical Society run community events like this, as well as maintain the house museum.

In keeping with CDC guidelines, masks are no longer required, but will be available for visitors who feel more comfortable wearing one. 

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