What Do We Do?
The Storyteller's Cottage is unique venue for literary events and adventures! Our vintage Victorian house is the home of charming literary events, curious & unconventional literary societies, writer's workshops and retreats, storytelling events, author salons, unique literary-themed mystery rooms, and much more.
Have you ever wanted to immerse yourself in your favorite book? Step into a world of imagery, doppelgängers, suspense and foreshadowing at the Storyteller's Cottage. In our vintage Victorian home filled with antiques, you'll feel as if you've become a character in one of your favorite novels! Whether you join a literary society (book club), participate in an event, or play one of our mystery rooms, you'll feel as if you're finally home. Quench your thirst for the never-ending story, find your tribe, and celebrate cerebral endeavors in an enchanting setting.
LITERARY EVENTS: Our enchanting, immersive events bring literature to life! Join us at a Murder Mystery Dinner Party set in the Great Gatsby era, or a Steampunk Literary Salon and cocktail party, or a smashing WWII Blitz Party featuring vintage hair and makeup lessons. Our whole historic Victorian manor house is crammed with books and literary atmosphere for your enjoyment as you eat, drink, chat, dance, and enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow prose enthusiasts. We even host house-wide 4D drama productions, Victorian magic shows, and "Chamber LARP" (Live Action Role Playing).
MYSTERY ROOMS: For even further immersion in your favorite novels, combined with the invigorating thrill of solving mysteries, visit our unique literary-themed Mystery Rooms. Discover why that famous British mystery writer went missing in "The Dame Disappears", or explore the "Legend of the Fairy Queen", or join "The Detective's Dinner Party." You can even combine an escape game with a birthday tea party or themed snack in our kitchen or dining room.
PRIVATE EVENTS: Our charming space is even available for your own private party. Rent your favorite room, or the entire first floor for your Alice in Wonderland teatime bridal shower, or your Velveteen Rabbit vintage baby shower, or your Prohibition costume birthday party, or even your own chamber LARPing event. Your event theme is limited only by your imagination. We've got the dishes and decorations; bring your own caterer.
At The Storyteller's Cottage, there's something for everyone!
Hours & Directions
Tuesday & Wednesday 10:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday 10:00am - 8:00pm
Friday & Saturday 1:00pm - 9:00pm
Sunday 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Plus additional hours on evenings & weekends
for special events -- please see our calendar.
The Storyteller's Cottage is located at
750 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury, Connecticut
between Joe Pizza and Eno Hall.
Plenty of free parking is available on the street in front of our house, and behind the Fiddler's Green Shops on Wilcox Street. To locate the parking lots, use 10 Wilcox Street on your GPS.
The Alexander Pattison House
The house at 750 Hopmeadow Street was built in 1896 for Alexander Thomas Pattison, a Connecticut State Senator. Mr. Pattison was born in Simsbury in 1861, and attended school in Simsbury and Granby. His first job, as a clerk at the Wilcox General Store on Wilcox Street in Simsbury, led to his marriage to the daughter (Ella) of his employer, Judson Wilcox. The store was later renamed Pattison General Store, and stood where peterdominic Salon stands today. The Wilcox home stood where Joe Pizza is today.
Alexander and Ella had four daughters, Lucy, Stella, Julia and Ruth. Alexander Pattison served as a CT state representative at the same time that his sister, Alice Pattison Merritt, served as the first female state senator.
He was also director of the Simsbury Electric Company, secretary of the Simsbury Cemetery Association. Alexander Pattison died in 1931, and is buried across the street from his home.