Shelton garden club helps decorate museum for the holidays

The state-run Osborne Homestead Museum in Derby has been decorated to the theme of “Holiday in Connecticut” for the holiday season.

From now until Dec. 21, the historic home’s décor reflects Connecticut’s agricultural and literary achievements and technological and culinary innovations.

Visitors will learn about Connecticut “firsts” and view rooms decorated in brass, silver and silk, highlighting the time when the state was the leader in textiles and metals manufacturing.

The museum has been decorated for the season by local garden clubs, including the Olde Ripton Garden Club of Shelton.

Displays fine art and antiques

The Osborne Museum exhibits the fine art and antiques of Frances Osborne Kellogg, who was a prominent figure in the dairy and manufacturing industries.

As they have done for more than 20 years, local volunteers have decorated the museum for the holidays. In addition to the Olde Ripton Garden Club, this includes members of the Derby Garden Society, Naugatuck Garden Club, Garden Club of Orange, Oxford Garden Club, Pomperaug Valley Garden Club of Woodbury, Roxbury/Bridgewater Garden Club, Southbury Garden Club, and Ye Olde Kellogg Garden Club.

Admission and hours

Admission to “Holiday in Connecticut” is free, with donations accepted. During the holiday season, the museum will be open Thursday to Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

On three Fridays — Dec. 6, 13 and 20 — from 4-6:30 p.m., the museum will present twilight tours to highlight the ethereal glow of the decorations in the evening hours.

The Osborne Homestead Museum, operated by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, is at 500 Hawthorne Ave. in Derby, just off Route 34. For information call 203-734-2513 or email