HARTFORD -CT Landmarks historic homes across Connecticut officially open for the season on May 3rd, offering a living glimpse into our state’s intriguing past. To ensure that all residents can experience the rich history of each house, CT Landmark’s is hosting its annual CT Landmarks’ Day on June 7th from noon to 4:00 p.m.
The event is the culmination of the Amos Bull House Grand Opening Celebration from June 5-7th in Hartford. Connecticut Landmarks is commemorating the completion of the multi-year renovation of its new administrative headquarters and community center. On Thursday, June 5th, an advance press conference and media tour begins at 3 p.m., followed by a VIP invitation-only reception from 4-5 p.m. The public portion of the event- the Ribbon Cutting and Garden Gala- runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and includes live music, refreshments and tours. Family activities will continue on Saturday, June 7th and Sunday, June 8th.
Special programs and activities scheduled at other properties on June 7th include:
Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden in Bethlehem hosts the Grand Opening of Bethlehem’s Caroline Ferriday Butterfly Waystation in collaboration with the Bethlehem Land Trust. Learn about Monarch Butterflies, their host, and nectar plants. Experience the release of butterflies from a butterfly house.
Butler- McCook House & Garden in Hartford welcomes back the popular Sea Tea Improv group. Their hilarious, thought-provoking, and historically accurate performance is a play about the world travels of the Butler and McCook families. Several generations saw the world on camels, donkeys, ships, and more – and brought their open-minded curiosity back to Hartford.
Hempsted Houses in New London invites you to bring your family and travel back to the 1700s. Write with a quill pen, make rope, play games, help with chores, try your hand at crafts & explore the garden.Watch student actors in our spring history program rehearse with instructor Tammy Denease. Free.
Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry hosts the party of the year for the 259th birthday of Connecticut’s State Hero Nathan Hale: farm boy, school teacher, and soldier/spy. Special activities include herb garden tours, school house talks with the school master and meeting a Continental soldier. Visit the homestead kitchen for birthday cake and lemonade. Browse in our new Museum Store. Free admission to events and house tours.
Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden in Suffield features a weathervane exhibit in the barn, children’s games on the lawn and sachet making in the Visitor’s Center.