School & Youth Groups

Walking Tour

I Spy Suffield's Main Street Walking Tour

Children learn about the history of Main Street and its buildings as they enjoy an interactive guided tour of Suffield's town center. Students search for architectural features along the way to complete an I Spy worksheet. The tour highlights three centuries of private, public, and civic architecture and public monuments.

Time: 60-75 minutes

Grade Level: 3-6

Hands-on History Activities

What about Wallpaper?

How was wallpaper made in the 18th century? Children examine the Phelps-Hatheway's two hundred year old French wallpaper and create their own wallpaper with stamps and paint. Children should bring paint smocks or old clothing for this activity.

Weathervane Activity

What's the wind doing? After viewing the collection of historic weathervanes located in the Hatheway barn, participants make their own weathervane to color and assemble. 

Create a Streetscape

Students paint their own version of Suffield's Main Street. Participants choose an image of one of the historic buildings to recreate. Offered in conjunction with the walking tours.

Grade Level: 3-6

Activity lengths: 45-60 minutes

Booking Information


Unless noted otherwise, all house or walking tours cost $5 per student and include 1 hands-on activity. Additional hands-on activities may be added for an additional $2 per child. There is a minimum cost of $30 for any scheduled museum tour and program.


1 adult chaperone is required for every 10 students. Chaperones are admitted free of charge. Additional accompanying adults, beyond the 1:10 chaperone-student ratio, are charged regular museum admission.

Deposit/Cancellation Policy

A deposit in the amount of 50% of your group's expected total is required to secure a reservation. This deposit is non-refundable if the visit is cancelled with less than 48 hours' notice.

Bad Weather Policy

Cancellation caused by inclement weather (snow/ice) must be made by 9 a.m. on the day of the visit; such cancellation will be rescheduled for a later date. CTL will assume cancellation of the program should the scheduled school district close. 

Who to Contact?

For additional information on School & Youth Programs at The Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden, or to make a reservation, please contact the Site Administrator at 860-668-0055, or