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Given the choice, most of us want to stay in our homes. Sometimes, people need help to remain at home. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

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“I’ve been a nurse for over 40 years, and I am currently a nursing professor. When my mom was recently in the hospital, I knew it would not be possible for her to be completely on her own right away. She loves where she resides and enjoys all of the activities that are offered. My goal was to get her back into her apartment as soon as possible with the support she needed to increase her strength and return to her prior level of wellness she had before she went into the hospital. She was used to walking a couple miles a day. When I reached out to ABC I made it clear that my mom would need somebody who would be willing to walk with her in the morning, and in the evening enabling her to get back to her baseline. I would like to complement all of the staff at ABC who provided my mom such wonderful support after two weeks she returned to her baseline and remained in her apartment. She really enjoyed all of the staff that were with her , they were professional they encouraged her to walk, drink fluids, eat and were instrumental in assisting her to reach her prior level of independence. I would strongly recommend ABC to anybody who is in need of support for their loved one.”

Robin Y.

“Mom’s care needs have been progressing over the past month - increased difficulty standing. walking, decreased appetite, increased incontinence. (Part of the expected declining process per her Dr.) Tara has been wonderful in adapting to Mom’s changing needs as they develop and a very helpful partner in troubleshooting. brainstorming how to adapt to best support Mom. It’s also been helpful in my regular communication with Mom’s Dr, to let her know in detail what has come up and how we have approached. Thank you (again) for your talented staff!”

Jeremy H.

“Outstanding personal service from this company. All of the caregivers were personable and provided outstanding care to our aunt. I would highly recommend them to anyone who has an elder family member in need. Also, the staff that helped to set up their services was outstanding as well. They made the decisions easy to understand with no hidden agenda. Thank you again to "ABC!"”


“You can't go wrong with this crew. Extremely patient and caring.”

Daniel S.

“Caring for family can be difficult and challenging at times. It's so nice to know that Always Best Care Senior Services is there to help!”

Cathy K.

“Taylor, John, and Kristine and their crew are the best. They are patient, understanding, and a joy to work with.”

Daniel S.

“Sabina always has a pleasant, caring, and respectful attitude. I feel she treats me as she would as her own mother. She treats me the way she would like to be treated. We are a good “team” together.”

Tracy H.

“Diana has a total commitment of compassion, empathy, and respect for myself and my family. My daughters feel she is truly a tremendous caregiver. They know I am in good hands. She acknowledges with commitment of my physical, emotional, and practical needs, my quality of life has excelled due to Diana’s help. I look forward to her presence everyday her attitude is exceptional, Diana comes to work daily with a smile on her face. She enters the front door, singing softly ready to work. She has never taken a day off, I have had many caregivers, but Diana is truly the best!”

Anne H.

“Tina has been with us since the start, caring for my mom. Tina has nothing but my mom’s best interest at heart. She continues to go above and beyond to care for my mom, and ensure anyone else who may be there also understands my mom’s needs. Tina has even gone so far to rearrange her schedule or give up her free time to stay with my mom to avoid her having someone that doesn’t know her. I can see that she genuinely cares for my mom, and treats her as if she was her own family member. That also goes both ways, my mom lights up when she sees Tina. We consider Tina part of our family.”

David L.

“Always Best Care helped our family get through a very difficult time with my mother's care. Kristine and Taylor are a pleasure to work with. They are very knowledgable and had the answers to all our questions. They were able to help with all aspects of the care we needed. I highly recommend them.”

John S.

“Kristine and John are extremely caring and compassionate about helping their client's and family and making sure they receive the best care available. Highly recommended!”

Greg G.

“We needed some home care services for Dad who has dementia, and we made the right decision to trust ABC Senior Services for this support. Dad was lined up with a caregiver who was attentive and helpful, and she and Dad really hit it off. The management and administrative staff from ABC were also very effective and professional. You'll make a good decision to go with ABC Senior Services...”

Liam M.

“I approached Kristine regarding care for my elderly father. Even though he was outside her service area, she helped to find resources for us. Her commitment to providing outstanding care is only surpassed by her desire to help others. Thank you Kristine!”

Matt B.

“I have known Kristine Lajeunesse for many years now through business networking and she and her Team at Always Best Care are very caring and professional and exactly who you would want on your side if you have a loved one who needs help!”

Ann B.

“The client care at Always Best Care Senior Service is outstanding”

Kimberly O.

“Rosemary has many great qualities. She is a hardworker, sensitive, has a giving nature and has an immense desire to help my father. Reliability is vital trait in Rosemary. When my father was in the hospital and came home she immediately wanted to be by his side. My father has come to rely and depend on Rosemary. She is always on time whether it is giving medication or administering food and often encourages my father and helps my father maintain his dignity”

Denise D.

“Always Best Care provides caregivers to our building on a regular basis when we are short staffed. Due to our licensing, we can only have CNAs on the floor and Always Best Care has provided excellent CNAs every time we need some extra help. All of their CNAs have been helpful, willing to go above and beyond for our residents and we always have great responses from our own CNAs and supervisory staff. I am so thankful to Michelle and Wilda who will always staff a shift that I need, even if I call 30 minutes before the shift starts. You’ve been such a huge help!”

Kaytee S.

“I have known John and Kristine Lajeunesse for almost 20 years and when my dad needed care following a diagnosis of dementia, I knew there wouldn’t be anyone better to call than them. The caregivers that have worked with my dad have been wonderful. They are true saints to my family, allowing us the knowledge that Dad is okay to stay at home. They have navigated all of the changes in his cognitive state with grace and kept my father’s dignity in place. He was always a very active man and the caregivers have managed to keep him active, even as his health declines.”

Belinda F.

“Always Best Care helped me to get care lined up for my uncle, after I received their information from a close friend of mine that also used their agency. My uncle was a very proud man and did not want help from anyone, including family. Taylor met with me and spent time getting to know the ins and outs of my uncle’s care as well as his personality. She asked about his background so that they could look for a caregiver with similar interests. Although he took a turn for the worse rather quickly, the short time care was provided was wonderful. Thank you for your help and compassion.”

Karel O.

“My dad’s caregiver is great. He is a man of few words, but she is able to get him talking about all aspects and experiences of his life. They go out regularly and she encourages my dad to participate in the activities put on by the community he lives in. They run errands, go out for meals, or go for a drive just to get a change of scenery. I was nervous at first about how my dad would take having a caregiver come in to help him, but he seems so happy and has great things to talk about after his time spent with his caregiver.”

Martin F.

“Thank you, Kristine - I am very appreciative of the professional manner with which you and your organization operates. From the initial phone and in-person conversations with Taylor, to the ongoing support of my mother's care - it's been thorough, timely and well managed. I am also struck by how the home-health employees conduct themselves. They are reliable/responsive *and* responsible, and making every effort to work through the challenges day to day with my mother. Thanks for the great job you and your organization are doing. It means a lot to me, especially during this trying time! Best Regards”

Anna T.

“I wanted to take a moment to thank you and your staff for all of your hard work and dedication to their clients. When my parents finally realized they needed help in their home, I chose ABC as the company I felt would be the best fit. Yes, we have had some ups and down, but when you paired Leah with my parents, it was truly a blessing. My parents love her. She genuinely cares for them and they speak highly of her work ethic. As my mom says, “she is too good to be true”. I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your working with me to find the right fit. Well on our end, Leah fits like a glove and I hope she feels the same. She is a special person so I wanted to acknowledge her hard work and dedication to my parents. It makes me feel more at ease knowing there is someone coming to the home to properly care for them. Again I want to thank you all and encourage you to keep up the good work.”

Craig F.

“My family provides the care to my mother 24/7, we called Always Best Care to provide respite care to my mom while we took some time to ourselves for a weekend. Mom’s caregiver, Gloria, was great and she had the perfect disposition to work with my mom. She was attentive and kept mom well fed and engaged during the time we were away. We would definitely call Always Best Care again when we need some time away.”


“The caregiver that helped my husband and I were so kind to us both, especially to my husband while I spent some time in the hospital and rehab. Our caregiver brought my husband to see me every day while I was at the hospital and at rehab, I knew he was in excellent hands and I could focus on getting stronger again.”

Heather R.

“i really like my caregiver, Victor very much. Victor is a very patient and observant aide who knows when I need his help. I knew from the first day meeting him that we would get along very well.”

Johnson L.

““I want to give a huge thank you for the care that Always Best Care provided over the last year and a half. They started out assisting just my dad since he was wheelchair bound and then began providing care to my mom as well who had advanced dementia. The two ladies that helped them both did an amazing job and gave me the confidence that they were being well cared for since I live on the other side of the country. Up to my dad’s passing, his caregivers were there for him to provide comfort and companionship while managing my mom’s emotions as well during the difficult time my dad had. Being a nurse myself and in the healthcare field for a while, I had high expectations which were exceeded by the caregivers and office staff of Always Best Care.”

harry B.

“Both of Mom’s caregivers are exceptional. They are always professional, calm and extremely patient with my mom. They know how to keep her calm and to manage her anxiety. My whole family is very grateful, knowing that Mom is getting really competent care, great meals and friendly companionship. Thank you.”

Kathleen F.

“My husband had care from Always Best Care until he passed away. Thankfully he is on his "next journey" and finally pain free, while he was here with us, his caregiver, Craig, did an amazing job caring for him and was here to help us from our first day of services. Craig always managed to get my husband to share stories from his time in the war that even I had not heard before. It was a great way to get to know more of my husband so his memory can continue with others around him.”

Beth F.

“I am very pleased with the care that Craig gave to my husband. My husband enjoyed having another man to talk to instead of conversation only between him and I. Craig managed to keep him occupied and safe so that I could go and get some time to myself, allowing me peace of mind that my husband was in great hands”

Sonia T.

“I hired Always Best Care to help my mom who was living with me at home. She was diagnosed with dementia and within 3 months she could hardly do much for herself anymore. I was able to continue working full time while my mom received care from Always Best Care. We had the same caregiver from day 1 and she was absolutely amazing. She kept everyone in the loop with any changes my mom experienced and the regular in person and phone check ins were a great added support to myself and my family. Thank you ABC for all the help and compassion that you showed my mom until her passing.”


“They are very caring and easy to deal with. They work with the family and the patient to see that the patient has what is needed for their care. In all we had a good experience with Best Care.”

Elaine G.

“Our caregiver is the absolute best, you all got lucky finding her.”

Bob G.

“Anything from Always Best Care is good to have. The care from them has given me my life back. I wasn’t expecting a perfect match on the first caregiver, but Always Best Care did a very good job.”

Claudia B.

“We have been using the services of ABC for almost three years, and I have worked personally with John, Kristine, Taylor, Michelle and Wilda, as well as the many wonderful caregivers who have attended to my mother’s needs with great care and attention. Throughout this time, my mother’s care needs have changed many times, and they have always been very responsive to any requests, including the directives of the hospice nurses that work in concert with all of them. Taylor and Michelle are incredibly diligent about keeping on top of issues that arise day-to-day, and running their questions and concerns by me. I remain a loyal customer to ABC because I feel that my mother is getting really great care, and will continue to see the warm, friendly faces she has come to know and trust today and every day. At 94 yrs old, my mother is quite dependent on the care providers for almost all her needs, and they always show up and make her feel safe and secure.”

Rachel C.

“It has been a true pleasure working with you and your organization. You all demonstrate empathy and compassion in caring for frail elderly family members and insure distant families are comforted knowing you are there.”

Steve S.

“Mom’s caregiver is a part of the family, we absolutely love her!”

Joe L.

“Always Best Care has done a fantastic job in providing us with at-home care for my step-mother while we prepared for her transition to move permanently to a skilled nursing facility. With their help, she was able to spend a full six months at home before moving. We would not have been able to do it without them. All the caregivers we have met and used have been kind and attentive, frequently going the extra mile, whatever that may be on any given day. The office staff is friendly, empathetic and very diligent in keeping all parties informed of all aspects of day-to-day care. They are knowledgeable, respectful and efficient. I would not hesitate in recommending them to anyone who is looking for help in keeping their loved one at home for as long as possible.”

Sarah C.

“I appreciate that they always accommodate me and have someone here to drive me, even if I only call them the day before. I’m so glad I was able to find them, because I didn’t know what I was going to do. I just lost my sister and she helped me out a lot.”

Donna .

“I appreciate that they always accommodate me and have someone here to drive me, even if I only call them the day before. I’m so glad I was able to find them, because I didn’t know what I was going to do. I just lost my sister and she helped me out a lot.”

Janey B.
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How does In-home Senior Care in South Glastonbury, CT work?

Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.

The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.

At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:


How much does a senior's home truly mean to them? A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in South Glastonbury, CT, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Healthy Living
Healthy Living

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors. Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.


For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like an assisted living community. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

Cost and Convenience
Cost and Convenience

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care in South Glastonbury, CT gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care Plans

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

Veteran's Benefits
Veteran's Benefits

Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.

Long-Term Care Insurance
Long-Term Care Insurance

Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.

Private Insurance
Private Insurance

Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.

Life Insurance
Life Insurance

Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.

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During your Care Plan consultation with Always Best Care, your Care Coordinator will speak with you about in-home care costs and what options there may be to help meet your budget needs.

Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in South Glastonbury,CT understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

An assessment of your senior loved one


An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home


Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Glastonbury Resident Sentenced In $6 Million Investment Fraud Case

A Glastonbury resident is getting jail time and has been ordered to pay heavy restitution in a federal business fraud case. Patch StaffGLASTONBURY, CT — A Glastonbury resident was one of two men sentenced Thursday in federal court in Boston for a multi-year fraud scheme that caused more than $6 million in losses to investors, according to the FBI.Thomas D. Renison, 69, of South Glastonbury, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Court Judge George A. O’Toole, Jr. to four years in prison and three years of su...

A Glastonbury resident is getting jail time and has been ordered to pay heavy restitution in a federal business fraud case.

Patch Staff

GLASTONBURY, CT — A Glastonbury resident was one of two men sentenced Thursday in federal court in Boston for a multi-year fraud scheme that caused more than $6 million in losses to investors, according to the FBI.

Thomas D. Renison, 69, of South Glastonbury, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Court Judge George A. O’Toole, Jr. to four years in prison and three years of supervised release, FBI officials said. Renison was also ordered to pay forfeiture of $526,120 and restitution of $6,240,983. In October 2020, Renison pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and two counts of filing false tax returns.

Timothy J. Allcott, 65, of Peabody, MA, was sentenced by Judge O’Toole to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Allcott was also ordered to pay forfeiture of $5,052,661 and restitution in the amount of $6,098,173. In July 2020, Allcott pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

In January 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Allcott and Renison with fraudulently misleading investors in connection with the same conduct.

According to case records, Renison was the former owner of ARO Equity LLC, a privately-held investment company that purportedly pooled money from investors and then invested it in various New England-based businesses. Between 2015 and 2018, Renison and Allcott fraudulently raised and solicited funds for ARO Equity LLC by misrepresenting to victims how their money would be invested, ARO’s investment track record and the safety of the investments, according to case records.

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Allcott and Renison also concealed Renison's ownership interest and affiliation with ARO because the SEC and regulators in Maine had previously barred Renison from working in the securities industry, according to case records.

Over the course of the scheme, ARO took in more than $6 million from investors, but only invested half of that amount, according to case records. Of the investments that ARO actually made, the substantial majority yielded "significant losses," case records indicate.

Despite these losses, Allcott and Renison failed to inform the victims of the poor performance of prior investments, prosecutors said. Instead, they told the victims on many occasions that the investments were doing well and remained safe, they added..

ARO paid required monthly payments to earlier investors using funds raised from later investors, according to prosecutors.

The defendants generally told victims that ARO would use their investments to fund one of three different businesses, but Renison and Allcott paid themselves exorbitant commission fees, satisfied monthly interest obligations to other investors and invested in different undisclosed businesses, according to case records.

As part of the scheme, Allcott and Renison disguised commissions paid to Renison as loans to Renison's wife, which allowed them to continue to conceal Renison’s ownership stake in the company, according to prosecutors. In addition, Renison failed to declare more than a half-million dollars of commission income and failed to pay more than $150,000 in taxes, prosecutors said.

Spend A Day In Glastonbury: 10 Best Things To Do In This Cute Connecticut Town

An abundance of charm oozes from the streets of Glastonbury, a pretty small town that lies just under 10 miles from Connecticut’s capital, Hartford. While this isn’t the Glastonbury famed for exciting music festivals, there are plenty of fun things to do here....

An abundance of charm oozes from the streets of Glastonbury, a pretty small town that lies just under 10 miles from Connecticut’s capital, Hartford. While this isn’t the Glastonbury famed for exciting music festivals, there are plenty of fun things to do here.

Hiking through the Cotton Hollow Preserve, riding on the country’s oldest ferry service, and getting splashed at Blackledge Falls are just a few activities to be enjoyed during a weekend getaway.

Glastonbury’s ideal locale, halfway between New York City and Boston, makes this a fab place to stop while on a road trip. Stretch cramped legs while wandering through the historic town center and enjoy the quaint shops, ancient homes, and cute restaurants sprinkled throughout the area.

These are 10 of the best things to do in Glastonbury.

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10 Attend An Event At The Welles-Turner Memorial Library

There are so many fun events to attend at Wells-Turner Memorial Library in Glastonbury.

The Welles-Turner Memorial Library is an ideal place to visit, even for those who don’t classify themselves as bookworms. A central meeting place located in the heart of the Glastonbury Historic District; this beautiful library hosts numerous events that please guests of all ages. From historical presentations to story time and crafts projects for children to concerts to movie nights, there’s always something fun on offer.

Enter the building at the back to admire the most recent of two additions and its impressive glass paneling.

Related: This Quirky Connecticut Book Barn Might Be The Place For Book Lovers

9 Step Back In Time At The Hurlbut-Dunham House

The Hurlbut-Dunham House is a popular attraction in nearby Wethersfield, Connecticut.

While not technically in Glastonbury, the Hurlbutt-Dunham House lies a mere 9 miles away, in the most charming small town of Wethersfield. Operated and lovingly restored by the Wethersfield Historical Society, this lovely Georgian home was once owned by Captain John Hurlbut and dates to the 1790s.

Inside, tourists can enjoy a glimpse into the daily lives of the Dunham family members who resided here between 1907 and 1935. Antique furnishings, accessories, and intricately decorated ceilings are just a few of the artifacts on display.

Tour tickets can be purchased next door at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center.

Visit The Welles Shipman Ward House

Soak up the history inside the Welles Shipman Ward House in Glastonbury.

While it isn’t the oldest building in Glastonbury, the Welles Shipman Ward House is no “spring chicken.” Built in 1755, this historic home has been turned into a museum, which houses period furniture and other impressive items like an antique loom, including a very large (for the time) kitchen fireplace.

When finished touring inside the house, walk around to the back and take a look at the 200-year-old barn and pretty gardens. This English-style bank barn houses multiple interesting items, horse-drawn buggies, and antique tools.

7 Eat Al Fresco At Matson Hill Open Space

Having a picnic by the ruins is a fun thing to do at Matson Hill Open Space.

Matson Hill Open Space is one of Glastonbury’s lesser-known but captivating points of interest. Located close enough to walk to from neighboring Cotton Hollow Preserve in a couple of minutes, it’s easy to miss this pretty spot if travelers are driving too fast.

As its name implies, this attraction consists of a large, grassy open space that hugs a rocky stream. Its most notable feature is a tall, red brick chimney that emerges from beside the stone remains of what was once the Glazier Manufacturing Company’s textile mill.

Pack a picnic and blanket to spread out and enjoy the open space. Bring a ball, too, if there are kids in the group. They’ll love running around the extensive grassy area.

While anglers are permitted to fish in the stream, they’ll need a stamp on their fishing licenses to catch trout and salmon.

Related: 10 Best Things To Do In Greenwich, Connecticut

6 Buy Fresh Fruit At The Glastonbury Farmer’s Market

Shopping for local treats at the Glastonbury Farmer’s Market is one of the best things to do in summer. Whether tourists are fans of fresh peaches, strawberries, or homemade pies, they’re sure to find something to delight their taste buds from the multiple vendors. Other fun items are also on sale, including jewelry, soap, and local honey.

Stop here for lunch while on an East Coast Road Trip. It’s a wonderful spot to sit back, relax, and enjoy tasty treats.

The summer also brings outdoor concerts to the Farmer’s Market. While these most often take place in July, they’ve been known to happen in October as well.

The Farmer’s Market lies just behind Museum on the Green, an interesting attraction aimed at history buffs. Located at 1944 Main Street, this small building houses exhibits that follow the town’s past from the Colonists to the mid-20th century. It’s open Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm. Admission is free.

5 Discover Blackledge Falls

Blackledge falls is one of Connecticut's most beautiful waterfalls.

Blackledge Falls is a beautiful place to visit for budding anglers searching for a quiet place to fish. Hidden within 80 acres of lush forest in East Glastonbury, this natural wonderland boasts a pond, stream, walking trails, and its namesake, Blackledge Falls.

One of the best waterfalls in Connecticut, these narrow yet stunning falls cascade over a 25-foot drop to a picturesque rock pool below. It pales in comparison to America’s tallest waterfalls, but it is beautiful nonetheless.

Spring is the best time to visit Blackledge Falls as the snow melt combined with rain causes a more dramatic tumble. That said, this is also a wonderful place to experience the beauty of fall in Connecticut. Autumn’s captivating kaleidoscope of colors is particularly stunning when paired with a waterfall.

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4 Take A Ride On The Rocky Hill-Glastonbury Ferry

The Rocky-Hill Glastonbury Ferry is the oldest continuously operating ferry in the US.

Glastonbury is home to America’s oldest continually operating ferry, which carries travelers across the Connecticut River between Rocky Hill and Glastonbury. It is fittingly known as the Rocky Hill-Glastonbury Ferry. More barge than the ferry, the original vessel once shuttled people across the river in 1655.

Today, a diesel-powered towboat called Cumberland pulls the three-car Hollister III flatboat from one destination to the next, granting guests scenic river views along the short journey.

Those who’d rather admire the “ferry” on land can appreciate the nearby nature trail and picnic tables.

Poor weather conditions and maintenance issues can cause the ferry to alter its schedule or close at times. This information is always posted on CT Roads, so it’s best to check there before heading out.

3 Hike Through Cotton Hollow Preserve

Hiking is a fun thing to do in Cotton Hollow Preserve.

Hiking through Cotton Hollow Preserve is one of the most relaxing things to do in Glastonbury. A haven for wildlife, this forested section of town is about as serene as it gets. Seriously, the sound of Roaring Brook River trickling through the forest combined with an orchestra of birdsong is tranquility at its best.

Visitors can explore 80 acres of woodlands which were home to grist mills during the 18th and 19th centuries. Remnants of a cotton mill from 1814 can still be seen here today.

Bring snacks and water, as there are no concessions or facilities nearby. Picnicking, however, isn’t allowed on the property.

A dog-friendly preserve, four-legged friends are more than welcome to accompany their humans on a walk, but they must be leashed at all times.

Swimming and jumping off the cliffs is prohibited.

Hoping to hike? Tree Trail is the easiest for those who prefer a low-key walk through the woods. It’s a mile-long loop that can be found off Main Street at the preserve’s west entrance. Those who prefer a teensy bit more of a challenge should choose the slightly more moderate North Trail, which lies near Grange Pool.

2 Walk The Trails At Riverfront Park

Riverfront Park is a beautiful place to visit for a picnic and a hike.

There’s a lot to do at Riverfront Park, so be sure to schedule at least a couple of hours to explore this fun outdoor attraction. This family-friendly park is a buzz with exciting things to do—from playing baseball to fishing to running around a track to walking numerous trails through the woods and along the river.

There’s also a large dog park, a playground, soccer fields, picnic pavilions, boat launches, and basketball courts in this vast park.

Pack a picnic and a blanket to lay on the soft grass. Or better yet, follow the trails to the riverbank and enjoy lunch on a nearby shaded bench.

1 Go Shopping In The Glastonbury Historic District

Enticing shops line the streets in the Glastonbury Historic District.

Glastonbury’s most charming place to visit is its Historic District. Main Street lies in the heart of town and is lined with buildings created in various styles and centuries. Fans of Colonial, Georgian, Gothic, and Greek Revival architecture will find a lot to love when examining structures that date anywhere from the 17th to 20th centuries.

The Glastonbury Historic District has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, guaranteeing that tourists will find well-loved, perfectly preserved buildings to entice their cameras to keep clicking. Many house quaint cafés and cute shops are worthy of a visit.

ake time to browse the River Bend Bookshop, a small, fun, and intriguing store housed in a beautiful building built in 1863.

The oldest house in Glastonbury doesn’t stand where it was originally built in 1649. Known as the John Hollister House, it once lay by the bank of the Connecticut River but was moved in 1721 to Tyron Street due to flooding.

CT's best 'Traditional American' and 'New American' restaurants, according to Connecticut Magazine

The complete list of Connecticut Magazine's 2023 Best Restaurants awards is live, including the results of our latest reader poll and additional selections chosen by our panel of experts.The White Horse in New Preston and The Charcoal Chef in Wood...

The complete list of Connecticut Magazine's 2023 Best Restaurants awards is live, including the results of our latest reader poll and additional selections chosen by our panel of experts.

The White Horse in New Preston and The Charcoal Chef in Woodbury have been voted by Connecticut Magazine readers as the best 'Traditional American' restaurants in the state. The Cottage in Westport and The Spread in Norwalk were the most popular among 'New American' restaurants.

Scroll below to see which other spots made the list.

To take things up a notch for a truly memorable night out, head over to our Experts' Picks for the 25 most romantic dining spots in the state, as well as our take on what makes a great romantic restaurant.

Our annual Readers’ Choice restaurant survey was conducted online during September and October 2022. Voters were able to choose up to three restaurants in order of preference (with the votes weighted accordingly) in each category. Restaurants were limited to a maximum of four Readers’ Choice category wins in the categories in which they received the most votes. If a restaurant had already received four awards in a given category, the award then went to the next qualifying restaurant.

Traditional American

Experts' Picks

Black Jax Saloon

78 Main St., Centerbrook, 860-662-4000

The Ginger Man

64 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich, 203-861-6400

The Griswold Inn

36 Main St., Essex, 860-767-1776

Match Burger Lobster

580 Riverside Ave., Westport, 203-557-8800

Three Sheets

372 Elm St., New Haven, 475-202-6909

The Village Restaurant

25 West St., Litchfield, 860-567-8307

Readers' Choice

The White Horse - Statewide winner/Litchfield County

258 New Milford Tpke. (Rte. 202), New Preston, 860-868-1496

The Charcoal Chef - Statewide Runner-up

670 Main St. N, Woodbury, 203-263-2538

B.J. Ryan's - Fairfield County

57 Main St., Norwalk, 203-866-7926

J. Timothy's Taverne - Hartford County

143 New Britain Ave., Plainville, 860-747-6813

Little Pub - Middlesex County

1231 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, 860-339-5591

Sans Souci - New Haven County

2003 N. Broad St., Meriden, 203-639-1777

The Social - New London County

208 Bank St., New London, 860-442-6900

Hops 44 - Tolland County

625 Middle Tpke., Storrs, 860-477-1174

Willimantic Brewing Company & Main Street Café - Windham County

967 Main St., Willimantic, 860-423-6777

New American

Experts' Picks

Arethusa al tavolo

828 Bantam Road, Bantam, 860-567-0043

At the Corner

3 West St., Litchfield, 860-567-8882

Bailey's Backyard

23 Bailey Ave., Ridgefield, 203-431-0796

Bar 140

140 Center St., Shelton, 203-513-2164

The Charles

161 Main St., Wethersfield, 860-785-8499

Community Table

223 Litchfield Tpke., Washington, 860-868-9354

Cotton Hollow Kitchen

840 Main St., South Glastonbury, 860-781-8555

Elizabeth's Farmhouse

85 Canal St., Putnam, 860-928-2200

Elm City Social

286 College St., New Haven, 475-441-7436

Fork & Fire

838 Farmington Ave., Farmington, 860-255-7674

Foundry Kitchen & Tavern

1 Glen Road, Sandy Hook, 203-491-2030


1114 Main St., Branford, 203-483-5896

Marygold's on Main

19 Main St., Newtown, 203-491-2998


77 West St., Simsbury, 860-651-5500


33 Kings Hwy., Groton, 860-445-6546

Oyster Club

13 Water St., Mystic, 860-415-9266

Present Company

2 Tunxis Road, Tariffville, 860-658-7890

Stone Row Kitchen + Bar

948 Main St., Willimantic, 860-423-4243


3 Maple St., Kent, 860-592-0404


269 Greenwood Ave., Bethel, 475-329-5395

Tavern on State

969 State St., New Haven, 475-202-6883


16 Main St., Colchester, 860-537-2464

West Street Grill

43 West St., Litchfield, 860-567-3885

Readers' Choice

The Cottage - Statewide winner/Fairfield County

256 Post Road E., Westport, 203-557-3701

The Spread - Statewide Runner-up

127 Washington St., Norwalk, 203-939-1111

The Charles - Hartford County

161 Main St., Wethersfield, 860-785-8499

Arethusa al tavolo - Litchfield County

828 Bantam Road, Bantam, 860-567-0043

The Essex - Middlesex County

247 Main St., Old Saybrook, 860-237-4189

Zinc - New Haven County

964 Chapel St., New Haven, 203-624-0507

The Shipwright's Daughter - New London County

20 E. Main St., Mystic, 860-536-7605

Stone Row - Windham County

948 Main St., Willimantic, 860-423-4243

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Artifacts found on Connecticut farm reveal stories of English colonial life — a photo essay

The mysteries of life in Connecticut as an English colony is continuing to be unearthed at a 17th century farm in South Glastonbury.The Hollister Farm in South Glastonbury started being investigated back in 2013. Over the last decade, the use of ground penetrating radar has shown artifacts lost to time.“It is one of the best preserved early English Colonial sites that we have,” State Archaeologist Sarah Sportman said during a recent dig.“Preservation out here is astonishing actually and one of the reaso...

The mysteries of life in Connecticut as an English colony is continuing to be unearthed at a 17th century farm in South Glastonbury.

The Hollister Farm in South Glastonbury started being investigated back in 2013. Over the last decade, the use of ground penetrating radar has shown artifacts lost to time.

“It is one of the best preserved early English Colonial sites that we have,” State Archaeologist Sarah Sportman said during a recent dig.

“Preservation out here is astonishing actually and one of the reasons for that is that it was a site occupied only until 1710 and there was no development that overprinted that,” she continued. “So, what you have after 1710 is simply used as agricultural fields and pastures. So, nothing else has ever been built here.”

Archaeologists have found three buried cellars and Native American pottery, showing possible trade between the settlers and the local Indigenous tribes.

In total, the site has revealed over 30,000 objects from food waste and fish scales, to local crafts, animal bones and items identified from other countries. That might signal the farm was a hub for trade locally and internationally.

The farm is still owned by a direct descendant of Lieutenant John Hollister, an English settler from Bristol in 1640. The current owner, who wishes to remain anonymous to protect the location of the farm, said they feel a responsibility for the land.

“Luckily there hasn’t been pressure to develop out here,” they said. “We’re near the river, you’re not allowed to build a house that kind of thing. But yeah, there’s a little responsibility you know. Some people want to come out and dig and they’re not with the state archaeologist and you know we don’t let that happen.” Copyright 2022 WSHU. To see more, visit WSHU.

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State officials talk about flooding impacts on farming, food supply chain

SOUTH GLASTONBURY, CT (WFSB) - Flooding has impacted the state’s farms and the food supply chain.Gov. Ned Lamont and a number of other state officials held a news conference at 10 a.m. Monday in South Glastonbury to discuss it.State officials discuss how recent flooding has impact Connecticut farms and the food supply chain during a news conference on July 17.Lamont was at Killam and Bassette Farmstead in South Glastonbury to view flood damage the farm recently experienced.He and others spoke about ...

SOUTH GLASTONBURY, CT (WFSB) - Flooding has impacted the state’s farms and the food supply chain.

Gov. Ned Lamont and a number of other state officials held a news conference at 10 a.m. Monday in South Glastonbury to discuss it.

State officials discuss how recent flooding has impact Connecticut farms and the food supply chain during a news conference on July 17.

Lamont was at Killam and Bassette Farmstead in South Glastonbury to view flood damage the farm recently experienced.

He and others spoke about the impact that flooding has had on farms across Connecticut.

They said farmers haven’t been able to catch a break.

Months ago, there was a drought. Then there were freezing springtime temperatures. Recently, their crops were washed away between the storms last week and over the weekend.

Farmers said crops impacted by the weekend rain were contaminated and could not be sold. They called it a devastating loss that will impacted prices.

The Killam and Bassette Farmstead was partially underwater.

The United States Department of Agriculture is taking action. It asked farmers to report their losses. Information on how to do that can be found here.

Climate Smart and Farmland Restoration bonding will also be available.

The USDA said it created a marketplace to give farmers the tools to navigate their flooding situations.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Rep. John Larson, agriculture commissioner Bryan Hurlburt, energy and environmental protection commissioner Katie Dykes, and several local farmers, including Chris Bassette, owner of Killam and Bassette Farmstead, were also on hand.

Local farmers like Bassette said the best thing people can do to help them is to shop locally.

“I’d like to stress to our customers and to other farmers’ customers to be sympathetic when you go into those farm stands and farmers markets,” Bassette said. “We are doing the best we can to provide the freshest product for you and this is what we’re dealing with.”

“This farm is in our family for 125 years now, we would like to keep it going,” said RJ Gotta with Gotta’s Farm.

Much of Gotta’s farmland is now flooded. Gotta, a fifth-generation farmer, showed Eyewitness News to see some of the damage.

There’s nothing they can do to save these crops.

“Hoping insurance and the government helps us out,” Gotta said.

“What can we do now, how can we help,” said Lamont.

“We lost everything 100-percent. 30 acres worth of cropland down by the Connecticut River,” said Lisa Gilbert of Gilbert Farm.

The Connecticut River has some of the most fertile land in the state but following in her family’s footsteps hasn’t been easy. Farmers have had early frosts, draughts and flooding.

Gilbert said this is the worst it’s been since 2011 with Hurricane Irene. 30 acres of crops are now destroyed.

At Gilbert’s Farm stand in Rocky Hill they have produce to sell but it’s far less than what they normally have.

“This is the beginning of the summer harvest season, squash, beans, cucumbers, pickles, sweet corn, lettuce, kale, cabbage all kinds of stuff local stuff,” said Gilbert. “With the Connecticut river going under we lost everything, 100-percent.”

Farmers need help. There is disaster relief money. Farmers should file a claim with the USDA. There may also be some relief from the state in terms of low interest loans.

Pumpkin crops have also been flooded, so you may have a hard time getting a pumpkin this Halloween.

Detrimental flooding also stretched across town roads in East Haven, Bristol and Waterbury.

The cleanup continued on Monday.

Flooding impacts local farms

Flooding has impacted the state’s farms and the food supply chain.

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