During the 1850s two remarkable Italians, Giuseppe Garibaldi and Antonio Meucci, shared this humble white clapboard farmhouse. The building now serves as a museum commemorating their lives and achievements.
The much-celebrated Garibaldi was an exile in America; he lived in the house with Meucci for about four years before returning to Italy to lead his volunteer legions to victories that established the modern Italian state. Meucci is not as well known, but his work was even more far-reaching than his compatriot's. Meucci invented a prototype of the telephone when Alexander Graham Bell was two years old. (Bell patented it.) The museum houses a schematic of Meucci's teletrofono, as well as photographs, letters, memorabilia relating to both men and some of Garibaldi's medals. There's an extensive collection of military artifacts as well, including period rifles and uniforms and a giant cauldron used for melting wax, the trade that sustained the two men through their years of poverty in America.
Classes in Italian Language, History and Culture for adults and seniors are offered two semesters a year, 15 weeks at a time. The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum employs three professors of Italian Language to teach eight classes, which each meet for 90 minutes, once a week. Each class has no more than 24 students.
Programs for Seniors
Speakers available for senior center programs, upon request.
Families may visit the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum during regular hours.