A new exhibit at the Plainville Historic Center traces the town’s evolution from a farming community.
“I think people will be surprised by how much this town has in its history,” said Nancy Eberhardt, president of the local historical society.
The exhibit is open for tours Wednesdays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Saturdays between 1 and 3 p.m. and runs until Aug. 25. The center is located at 29 Pierce St.
The display includes artifacts such as a glass rolling pin that could be filled with ice to keep dough from sticking. A few of the more obscure items are in their own case, without any description, to allow visitors to take a guess.
The historic center will also be open for the town’s 150th anniversary celebration on July 20. It will be one of the 16 stops on bus and walking tours of historical sites around town. The tours will be leaving from the Town Hall between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Benjamin Gediman, chairperson of the 150th Anniversary Celebration Committee, said the committee is working with downtown businesses to coordinate involvement in the tour. Preparations for the picnic the next day are also progressing well, he said. At Plainville Stadium Don Moon will have some of the cars he used to race around the quarter mile track, which closed in 1980.
Gediman said the date for the picnic is the same as the annual Petit Family 5K Road Race.
“Our hope is a lot of people that grew up in town and don’t live in town will come back for the Petit road race and stick around for the picnic,” he said.
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