Greenwich Historical Society

Greenwich Historical Society

Explore our Colorful Past!

Address: 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, CT, 06807

Phone: (203) 869-6899



Now is the perfect time to start planning summer fun for your children or visiting grandchildren. At the Greenwich Historical Society’s unique and highly interactive Art and History Camp, kids learn important skills while connecting to our town’s history and have fun.

The Art and History Camp takes place against the backdrop of the Greenwich Historical Society’s boldly reimagined campus, which opened fall 2018 and relays the town’s national significance via the circa 1730 National Historic Landmark Bush-Holley House, a nationally accredited museum, library and archives, café, store, and restored Impressionist-era gardens.

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Why Greenwich Historical Society's Art and History Camp?

History teaches vital skills. Historical thinking requires critical approaches to evidence and argument and develops contextual understanding and historical perspective, encouraging meaningful engagement with concepts like continuity, change, connection and the ability to interpret and communicate complex ideas clearly and coherently.

Senior Historians (Grades 5–8)
Early American Life: July 6–10
Art Colony Experience: July 13–17

Junior Historians (Grades 2–4)
Early American Life: July 20–24
Art Colony Experience: July 27–31

Camp Hours
Monday through Friday, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm

* STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) activities are incorporated into both weeks.

Early American Life Week

During Early American Life Week, campers will experience how early New England colonists lived, worked, and entertained themselves - combined with lively sessions where they will learn to weave, build colonial toys, and more!

Art Colony Week

During Art Colony Week, campers will be inspired by the beauty of Bush-Holley House and the surrounding landscape like many American Impressionist artists who visited the site. They will learn about the Cos Cob art colony, and the dynamics between art and history, as they search for visual clues in the artwork to learn about life at the turn of the century. Campers will use paint, palette and canvas to create their own Impressionist art!

For more information, visit or call 203-869-6899.

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About the Greenwich Historical Society

Greenwich enjoys a truly colorful past. From its precarious position on the Connecticut Frontier during the American Revolution to its later reputation as a gilded-age enclave for the rich and infamous, Greenwich has long been associated with well-known individuals and pivotal events in the arts, business, journalism and politics.

Greenwich Historical Society’s mission is to preserve and interpret Greenwich history to strengthen the community’s connection to our past, to each other and to our future.

It collects and chronicles the vibrant history of Greenwich, Connecticut, USA, a beautiful and historically pivotal New York City suburb and Gateway to New England that was founded in 1640.

The Greenwich Historical Society was founded in 1931 to collect and chronicle this vibrant history and has actively pursued its mission at the Bush-Holley Historic Site since purchasing Bush-Holley House in 1957. The circa 1730 structure began life as a home for prosperous merchants and gained recognition later as a boarding house and gathering place for many prominent American artists and writers. It is a National Historic Landmark, a member of the Historic Artists Homes and Studios, one of 18 museums in Connecticut participating in the Connecticut Art Trail and accredited by the American Association of Museums.

Greenwich Historical Society restored an 1805 former Railroad Hotel, saloon, and residence to its former Italianate splendor, preserving original floorboards and recreating original wallpapers. This building, called Toby’s in honor of former proprietor Tobias Burke, now houses a carefully curated museum store and café. It is connected to a modern, light-filled 9,900-square-foot museum and library whose highlights include two state-of-the-art museum galleries that display works from the permanent collections and host special exhibitions, and an accessible research library and archives that preserves more than 40,000 items that document Greenwich’s rich cultural heritage.

The Historical Society is noted for award-winning school, after-school and summer camp programs, themed, docent-led tours of Bush-Holley House, lectures, rotating exhibitions, live storytelling programs and a lively Green Market (May—October).

The Greenwich Historical Society contributes immeasurably to the cultural vitality of this unique community and serves as a bridge from the past to the future by offering innovative programs, exhibitions and preservation initiatives.

Additional Information

Name: Greenwich Historical Society: Art and History Camp
Address: 47 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, CT 06807.
Phone: 203-869-6899, ext. 32

Categories: Schools & Summer Camps

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