Shelton Historical Society hosts harvest event, with games, costume parade

SHELTON — The Shelton Historical Society will be hosting its Harvest Fun event Oct. 24.

The mostly outdoor event will offer a costume parade, games for all ages, pumpkin painting, prizes, and refreshments at the Shelton History Center, 70 Ripton Road, from noon to 3 p.m.

Once inside the admission area, visitors will receive a schedule of activities, be able to play several games of skill on their own or challenge each other, or register to take part in old fashioned contests such as a pie-eating competition.

All ages are encouraged to don a costume and take part in a costume parade, which will start promptly at 12:45, around the grounds for all to admire. The Trap Falls School, the Wilson Barn and other agricultural outbuildings will be open for viewing and learning.

Boy Scout Troop 28 will be selling its pewter ornaments which depict the Trap Falls one-room school.

Local pandemic protocols will be observed; masks will be required in the historic buildings. Admission is $10 per family or $5 for individuals.

Proceeds benefit the programs of Shelton Historical Society, whose mission is to “preserve elements of the community’s history in order to create connections between Shelton’s past, present, and future generations through education, maintaining a museum with its collections, and providing a voice in the community regarding matters of historical significance.”

The 1-acre property that now houses the six buildings of Shelton History Center once belonged to Wisner and Dorothy Wilson who raised vegetables to sell in Bridgeport markets and at their farm stand on Ripton Road.

“It is only fitting that we celebrate harvest time on this property,” Director Tracey Tate said.

The Wilson family donated the property, which includes their barn, to the Shelton Historical Society in 1971 when the Brownson House was relocated from Shelton Avenue and the Trap Falls School was donated by Bridgeport Hydraulic Co. and moved from the area near Trap Falls Reservoir.

For more information including directions, call (203) 925-1803 or visit