all about us
The Storyteller's Cottage is unique venue for literary events and adventures ...
Our vintage Victorian house is a portal to all kinds of amazing literary worlds.
Join us to immerse yourself in your favorite book!
BRING YOUR FRIENDS
Our house is full of imaginative spaces that are perfect for literary-themed gatherings. Let our creative Literary Activities Team organize a unique event for you and your friends. Whether you'd like to enjoy a birthday party, special book club meeting, holiday party, baby or bridal shower, or even an intimate wedding, we have the imagination, experience and setting to make your dream event a reality! Rent our space for an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party, a Great Gatsby Jazz Supper Club, a Beatrix Potter baby shower, a Victorian Parlor Magic Show, or even a live murder mystery. Whatever you can dream, we can create!
MEET NEW FRIENDS
The Storyteller's Cottage is the center of a vibrant literary community that includes readers, writers, artists and creators of imaginative projects of all sorts. Join us for exciting public events like our popular Outlander Evening, Lizzie Bennet's Boozy Tea, Midnight in Paris Dinner, Hogwarts at Night for adults, Masquerade Balls and more. Or join the Storyteller's Society, our unique writing club. The Storyteller's Society is where creative and imaginative book-lovers can find their tribe!
CONNECT WITH US FROM HOME
When you can't come to us, we'll come to you!
Visit our YouTube page for FREE classes and activities, including film analysis, literary crafting demonstrations by the "real" Jane Austen, a charming penpal club, and fascinating interviews with local authors. Enjoy watching children's authors read their books in a virtual storytime as well!
Visit our Online Academy to download complete courses on video to watch at your convenience. Learn how to get published from a successful local author, take courses at our version of "Hogwarts," dive into creative writing, and more.
Follow our Podcast, "Scribes of the Round Table: Secrets and Lore Behind the Door." In each episode, listen to three authors from the same genre discuss a thorny literary issue.
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.
meet our team
history of the 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.
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