From a press release:
Hartford, CT – Time travel really is possible – thanks to Connecticut Landmarks! For more than 75 years, CTL has preserved and presented the very best of Connecticut’s history, with something for everyone: from programs and events, captivating house tours, lovely historic gardens, history celebrations, and remarkable collections of art and antiques. Our real-life stories make history matter. Now, moving into the 2015 Season, Connecticut Landmarks is offering a full roster of more than eighty programs and special events.
The historic, landmark properties span four centuries of Connecticut history and include: the Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden, Bethlehem; the Butler-McCook House & Garden, Hartford; the Buttolph-Williams House, Wethersfield; the Hempsted Houses, New London; the Isham-Terry House, Hartford; the Nathan Hale Homestead, Coventry; and the Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden, Suffield.
On Saturday, May 2nd, six of these amazing sites will be open for the 2015 Season.
• Stroll through the gardens and listen for the wind chimes, look for fairies and await the return of the monarch butterflies with Enchanted Garden Month at the Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden. The house will feature floral displays and fairy garden houses, as well as a fairy exhibition by Bethlehem-based artist Erica Leever in the Visitor’s Center.
• Tour the 1782 Butler-McCook House, a time-capsule of furniture, books, ledgers & letters that belonged to the family for four generations, or pack a lunch and have a picnic in the garden.
• Check out the Buttolph-Williams House on its own, or as part of the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum’s multiple house tour.
• Celebrate the start of a new season at the Hempsted Houses with cookies and lemonade and historic games for kids on the lawn.
• Travel back to the 18th Century with a tour of the Nathan Hale Homestead, take a walk through the Nathan Hale State Forest, and try your hand at historic games.
• Enjoy a spring morning on Suffield’s Main Street at the Phelps-Hatheway House. Taste teas popular during the 18th-century, attend the 1st Saturday Attic Tour, and see an exhibition by Rick Stromoski, Suffield’s own comic strip genius, in the Visitor’s Center.
Regular admission applies for house tours for Opening Day. Connecticut Landmarks’ historic museums are open for regular tours from May through October. Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for students, seniors, teachers & AAA members; $5 for town residents & children ages 6 -18; free for children younger than 6 & CTL members. A special family price of $20 is available for families with two adults & any number of children.