Mattatuck Historical Society
In this town, buttons are more than just notions; rather, they’re considered tiny works of art. Several local factories, including the still-operating Waterbury Button Company (whose buttons adorned uniforms worn by both Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant) perfected this art over the course of 200-plus years.
The 3,000 examples on display in the Button Gallery showcase both hand- and machine-made versions fashioned from wood, bone, glass, porcelain, jade, pearl, metal, and other materials. Designs and themes are equally varied. Don’t miss the engraved buttons that once adorned a coat owned by George Washington. The museum also has a fine arts gallery and offers walking tours of the town’s historic buildings.
144 W. Main St.
- Waterbury, Connecticut 06702
- 41.55703200, -73.04316100
- Tues.--Sat. 10--5, Sun. noon--5.
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- (203) 753-0381