In 1978, artist and Southbury resident, David K. Merrill was commissioned by the Town to paint a mural in the stairwell of Town Hall, depicting a series of scenes of Southbury. The resulting 42 acrylic paintings cover all four seasons and include some structures, such as the Southbury Playhouse, that no longer exist. The paintings, however, have remained intact, as vivid as when painted some 45 years ago.
To commemorate the 350th Anniversary of the Town of Southbury, fifteen images from the mural have been made into notecards, grouped into packages of ten cards (five images/two of each) and are available for purchase for $10 per package. On the back of each card is a description, offering historical context of the image. All proceeds benefit the Southbury Historical Society.
The notecards may be found during business hours at the Town Clerk’s office in Town Hall, 501 Main Street South and at the Southbury Historical Society, located in the Old Town Hall Museum, 624 South Britain Road, with additional locations to be announced.
They are available at all the 350th Anniversary events, as are all of the 350th commemorative merchandise, including the 350th Anniversary Calendar and the 350th Anniversary Commemorative Pewter Ornament. More commemorative merchandise will be produced during the months ahead.
Sample of the note cards - across the top: Russian Village Chapel, Southbury Playhouse, and United Church of Christ.
Bottom: Kettletown State Park, Mitchell Barn and Southbury Training School.
The Town of Southbury is holding a year-long series of events and activities to celebrate 350 years of community, culture and history (1673-2023), aimed at highlighting the past and progress of the one and only Southbury.
The 350th Anniversary Steering Committee consists of co-chairs John Dwyer and Kevin Bielmeier; vice-chair Brian Jones, Justin Bette, Lynn Dwyer, Melinda Elliott, Michael Ganem, Kara Kenney, Mary Korsu, and Gosia Liedlich.
To learn all about the 350th Anniversary, including the history, visit www.southbury-ct.org/350.