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Historic house tour and ice cream social in Newtown this weekend

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House tours are very popular summer events throughout the Litchfield Hills and Fairfield County. Litchfield has organized a house tour for well over 60 years and it is one of the oldest in the country. House Tours are great ways to get ideas on home decorating inside and outside the house.

This weekend, on June 28, the Newtown Historical Society http://www.newtownhistory.org is hosting the 18th annual Newtown House and Garden Tour that will take place on Saturday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. This years tour is focused on houses "mainly on Main Street" which is well know for its stately colonial homes, some that date to the battle of Newtown with the British.

Tour highlights include a visit to a post and beam colonial house dating to 1848, a second empire styled Victorian mansion with a slate roof in the Mansard style, a rambling colonial that has been thoughtfully renovated and an architecturally interesting center hall colonial house with natural shingles dating to 1785. A special treat for gardeners is the tour of a "secret garden" on Main Street, a picture perfect Connecticut cottage replete with a white picket fence and a hidden cottage garden.

The tickets for the house tour are available in advance for $25 by visiting the website, http://www.newtownhistory.org/ and are also available the day of the tour for $30.

If you are not available to take the tour on the 28th, the town historian and author, Dan Cruson is heading up a walking tour of Sandy Hook on Sunday, June 29 from 12 noon to 12:45 p.m. Participants on this delightful walk will hear the tales of Sandy Hook including one about the Sandy Hook shoot out of 1898! Afterward, don't miss the annual Open House and Ice Cream Event taking place at the Mathews Curtiss House operated by the Newtown Historical Society from 12 noon to 4 p.m. A highlight of this event is the celebration of Ferris Acres Creamery's http://www.ferrisacrescreamery.com/ tenth year in business. Visitors in attendance between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. will learn from the "masters" how ice cream is made the old fashioned way!

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