Southington history comes alive

History came alive last Saturday during the “Living Museum Tours” at the Barnes Museum. Bradley Barnes, above, protrayed by Charles Miceli, tells visitors what it’s like as the last in his family line. This scene takes place after the death of his wife, Leila Upson Barnes, and Bradley Barnes takes visitors through his decision to turn his house over to his hometown in the hopes that a museum might allow Southington residents to learn more about the town’s history.

Photos by JANELLE MORELLI

R.M. McCarty is the actor who played Amon Bradley (circa 1880) in this photo. Barnes told visitors to the museum stories about owning a dry goods store downtown called Bradley & Co. The script was based on entries in Bradley family diaries.

Bradley Barnes writes his last will and testament. He explains to visitors how he made the decision to leave his home and fortune to the town of Southington.

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