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Glebe House Museum Announces Foundation Grant and Summer Programs

The Glebe House Museum announces a grant from ION Bank Foundation in the amount of $1000 to help support their Summer Experience Programs for children. Thanks to the ION Bank Foundation’s support the Glebe House has several full and partial scholarships to offer to children whose families may not be able to afford the enrollment fee.

Enjoy four unique summer experiences, filled with fun and hands-on learning at our 18th century historic site, The Glebe House Museum and Gertrude Jekyll Garden.  This year the programs will span Colonial and Victorian life in Woodbury where children will experience innovative, exciting, enriching and fun activities, taught by professional educators and limited to only 12 in a group.

The “Hands on History” week will be offered, July 9-13.  Relive Woodbury life through history and try colonial cooking, butter making, wool dyeing & spinning, dig for artifacts, play Colonial & Victorian games, write with quill pens, take a walking tour of nearby historic sites and dress in period costumes. Families are invited for a guided tour of the museum given by their very knowledgeable and costumed young historian at week’s end.

“Art of the Garden” will begin July 16th. This group will enjoy digging in the dirt and making lots of garden related crafts. The hidden stories and magical powers of herbs will be revealed, crazy containers will be planted and the children will learn about & care for the Glebe’s “Three Sisters Garden”.  At the end of the week, the children will host a garden tea party for their families, and lead tours through the house and garden.

“Art at the Glebe”, will be offered July 23-27. Explore your creative side and get inspired by History and Nature, while you experiment with a variety of art mediums and develop your own personal style.

“A Day in the Life of a Young Apprentice” for children 11-14 will be held July 30-August 3. Spend one day as an apprentice to a master craftsperson.  Each day the small group will experience first hand the life of an early American artisan. Walks in the park and down to the river to cool –off after a “hard days work”, complete their afternoon.

All programs are for children Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-11), except “A Day in the Life” which is for Grades 6-9 (Ages 11-14). The fee for each program week is $200.00 or $180, for Members. There is a 10% discount for full payments received by May 31st.  Multi-child discounts are also available. All program weeks run M-F and begin at 10:00 and end at 3:00.  Weather permitting; an afternoon of “running” through the sprinklers or wading in the river, is planned for most days.

Please call The Glebe House Museum at 203-263-2855, email us at, or visit us online at to register, to receive a program brochure or for additional information.

The Glebe House Museum & Gertrude Jekyll Garden is one of Woodbury’s most important historic sites.  The Gertrude Jekyll Garden, designed in 1926 by the legendary English garden designer, was intended to enhance the fine 18th century architecture of the house and to celebrate its Revolutionary War heritage.

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