The Williams Barn Committee would like to thank everyone who made this year's third-grade field trip to the Williams Barn such a success.

On June 2 and 3, classes from Swallow Union and Florence Roche elementary schools visited the barn under beautiful skies to learn about the town's agricultural heritage and enjoy the various hands-on demonstrations.

Many thanks to the wonderful farm-life interpreters from the Groton Woman's Club: Marie Melican, who taught the students how to make butter; Peg Russell and Tracey Molasky, who showed examples and techniques of quilting; Andrea Burrier and Ellen Hargraves, who introduced them to different period toys and games; and the timekeepers, Ingrid Belitsky and Carolyn Flanagan, who kept everyone moving smoothly through the four stations.

Special thanks to the craftsmen who generously volunteered their time and talents: Jonathan Snaith, who demonstrated coopering, allowing the students to try their hand at barrel-making, and Uwe Tobies for his hands-on explanations of the construction and repair of antique post-and-beam farm buildings such as the 1840s Williams Barn.

We would also like to thank Al Wyatt and Leo Wyatt, 12th and 13th generation Groton Williams family members, for sharing the history of their family and the barn over the past 340 years.

Finally, we would like to thank all the third-grade teachers for preparing the students in the classroom and especially to Deborah Snow for her many years of dedication to this program.


Please join us for the Groton Farmers Market at the Williams Barn, which begins on Friday, July 11, from 3-7 p.m. The barn will be open to the public during market times.

Williams Barn


160 Chicopee Row