Note: The Connecticut Media Group is not responsible for posts and comments written by non-staff members.

CT Landmarks Presents Sunflower Sisters with author Martha Hall Kelly

On Sunday, April 18 at 3 pm join the join New York Times bestselling author Martha Hall Kelly for a special virtual fundraising event to benefit Connecticut Landmarks and the Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden in Bethlehem, Connecticut.

Inspired by true accounts, Sunflower Sisters provides a vivid, detailed look at the Civil War experience, from the inhumane plantations to a war-torn New York City, to the horrors of the battlefield. It’s a sweeping story of women caught in a country on the brink of collapse, in a society grappling with nationalism and unthinkable racial cruelty, a story still so relevant today.

“I’m so excited to share my third book, Sunflower Sisters,” said Hall Kelly. “It’s the story of Caroline Ferriday’s great grandmother Jane Eliza Newton Woolsey and her eight incredible children, the women Caroline so admired. It was a very emotional thing, writing what is the last in these three books about her family.”

The virtual event will be presented via Zoom and will include a slideshow of images from the lovely Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden – the summer home of Caroline and Eliza Ferriday, and a book talk by Martha Hall Kelly. The lecture will be followed by a Question & Answer session, where Kelly will be joined by Bellamy-Ferriday Site Administrator Peg Shimer, and Hartford Properties Site Administrator Jana Colacino. Questions may be submitted in advance or during the live Zoom presentation.

There is limited availability for this event and registration is required by Friday, April 16th. Tickets can be purchased at All proceeds will support the continued maintenance and operation of the Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden.

Ticket Levels 
Lilac level tickets include the presentation only and are free, with a suggested donation of $10 per Zoom feed to support preservation and programming at the Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden. Rose level tickets are available for $25; ticket holders will receive two adult admission passes to tour the Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden during regular operating hours after it re-opens for the season in May and a commemorative bookmark. Sunflower level tickets are $75, which includes a signed Sunflower Sisters hardcover book, a keepsake of the Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden by Woodbury Pewter, two adult admission passes, a commemorative bookmark, and a tax-deductible contribution.
Janet Serra