The following take place every year  at the historic Thomas Darling House –

  • Tavern Nights (Spring and Fall)
    Hearth cooking, period recipes, local ale and lager, live fiddle music, costumed staff (including your hosts: Thomas and Abigail Darling). Reservations only. Watch local papers.*
  • Quarterly Open Houses
    Held on Sundays four times a year from 2 to 4 PM, its your chance to get a tour of the Darling House and hear, see and learn about our special collections.
  • Ice Cream Social
    Free hand cranked ice cream on the porch of the Darling House each July.
  • “Sylvia’s Attic” our annual Tag Sale
    Rent a space for only $15. Come and sell. Come and buy. Society sells donated treasures and provides LOTS of food (including an array of baked goods) each Fall
  • Holiday Open House
    First Sunday in December. A warm way to herald in the holidays! Great decorations; equally great refreshments and entertainment!
 *More info about Tavern Night: The members of the Board of Directors of the Amity & Woodbridge Historical Society, all pitch in and turn the 1772 Thomas Darling House (owned by the Town, maintained by the Society) into an 18th century tavern for the evening. We have been doing this for over 13 years. The event came to be, in large part because certain keys factors came together all at once. We had a caretaker living in an attached apartment, who happened to be the head chef at the Maritime Center in Norwalk. That was also the year that New England Brewing Company came to Woodbridge. As soon as chef Darren Zaldo, and brewmaster Rob Leonard were on board with the idea, We knew we could pull it off. Folks from the Orange Historical Society participate as well, and Jim and Willow Sirch from Hamden join us with their array of flutes, fiddles, and Irish drum.
 We remove most of the early furniture from the downstairs rooms and bring in reproduction chairs and tables, which allows us to host about 55 people in the Fall. In Spring we can spill outside and serve around 70. One room is full of period appetizers and desserts, and our 18th century kitchen is laden with main course items, and guest get up and get what they

Thomas Darling, aka Don Menzies, and Chef Darren Zaldo

would like throughout the evening. Mr. and Mrs. Darling (portrayed by Don and Dana Menzies) are on hand all evening to make sure their guests are comfortable and happy. So for 3 hours folks can immerse themselves in an 18th century atmosphere! Please check back for future dates of this wonderful event!

We welcome volunteers at our events. If you would like to pitch in and help make an event run, or contribute a baked good, or have some other special skill you think we could utilize please email us at: All events are at: 1907 Litchfield Turnpike, Woodbridge CT 06525

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