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Your Home for History

Connecticut Landmarks is a state-wide network of historic house museums spanning 400 years of New England history. Our museums are starting points for deeper exploration and greater appreciation of the Connecticut experience. Our real-life stories, as told through our houses, collections, and programs, make history matter.

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Your Home for History

Connecticut Landmarks is a state-wide network of historic house museums spanning 400 years of New England history. Our museums are starting points for deeper exploration and greater appreciation of the Connecticut experience. Our real-life stories, as told through our houses, collections, and programs, make history matter.

Plan your visit today »

What’s new?

Make Music with CTL on Friday!

We have an incredible evening of Latin Percussion planned Friday June 21 in celebration of Make Music Day 2024! You won’t want to miss it!

Ed Fast and Conga Bop will be joined by the legendary Sammy Figueroa and Anthony Carrillo on percussion for an unforgettable performance.

Music will happen rain or shine in the intimate setting of our community room of Amos Bull House from 7-9 pm, 59 S Prospect in Hartford at the rear of our historic Butler-McCook House & Garden.

Contact jana.colacino@ctlandmarks.org with any questions.

See all upcoming music programs here »

Visit Our Historic Gardens Sunday

This Sunday, June 23, three of our lush gardens will be open FREE for Connecticut Historic Gardens Day! Visit our properties in Suffield, Bethlehem, and Hartford to enjoy the seasonal blooms and learn more about the histories of our landscapes. Gardens will be open rain or shine from 12 noon-4 pm. House tours will be available where appropriate with regular admission.

This year, a painting of the Butler-McCook House & Garden was selected for the event’s poster. “Through the Rose Arch,” is a vibrant recreation of what a visitor to the garden would feel while standing under the rose arch, surrounded by the many beautiful plants that Connecticut has to offer. Artist Michelle Harwan states, “the image is a conglomeration of a photo from the Butler-McCook Facebook that I cropped and recomposed, as well as my own addition of what it would look like through the rose arch that is positioned in front of it but not in the photo.”

Michelle Hawran is a visual artist born, raised, and based in Windsor, Connecticut. Since graduating with a BFA from the University of Connecticut in 2016, Michelle splits her time between creating dizzyingly colorful paintings of her own family’s past, crafting meaningful commissions for her clients of their own family memories, and teaching all mediums of art to adults at the Windsor Art Center. She will be painting en plein air in the garden at Butler-McCook on Sunday.

Learn more about our historic gardens »

High Temperatures Impact Touring

Connecticut is bracing for near-record-high temperatures this week as a heat dome settles over the region. At our historic properties, hot weather creates challenges for people visiting our historic interiors. Many of our museums do not have modern climate control. Due to the increased temperatures, tours may be limited in size or rerouted to avoid particularly warm parts of the house. Some tours may need to be abridged or canceled.

“Our priority is always the safety of our guests, staff, and collections,” said Robert Brock, Interim Executive Director. “During times of extreme weather, our site administrators determine the adaptations that need to be made to balance a great visitor experience with safety for all.”

Please check our website and social media channels for updates before you visit our historic sites, or call the site you would like to visit to confirm operations.

Find museum contact information here »

Join Us!

You are invited to join a community of people finding inspiration in our state’s heritage. Membership support is the foundation of Connecticut Landmarks and your gateway to exploring Connecticut history. Experience the richness of all of our historic properties as often as you wish; choose from more than 85 programs, special events, and behind-the-scenes tours each season; and enjoy discounts on program tickets and in our museum stores.

Learn About Membership »

Join us!

You are invited to join a community of people finding inspiration in our state’s heritage. Membership support is the foundation of Connecticut Landmarks and your gateway to exploring Connecticut history. Experience the richness of all of our historic properties as often as you wish; choose from more than 85 programs, special events, and behind-the-scenes tours each season; and enjoy discounts on program tickets and in our museum stores.

Learn About New-and-Improved Membership »

Flower Pounding Workshop

June 23 @ 10:00 am12:00 pm

Coventry Farmers Market

June 23 @ 10:00 am1:00 pm

Connecticut Historic Gardens Day

June 23 @ 12:00 pm4:00 pm

Making History Together

Capture authentic New England charm when you host your next social event at one of Connecticut Landmarks’ historic houses and gardens. Each exquisite property creates the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable occasion. Now booking 2025 weddings and 2024 events!

Facility Rental Details »

Make Your Own History

Capture authentic New England charm when you host your next social event at one of Connecticut Landmarks’ historic houses and gardens. Each exquisite property creates the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable occasion. Now booking 2025 weddings and 2024 events!

Facility Rental Details »

Restored Flooring in Butler-McCook Visitor Center

In February 2023, Connecticut experienced a cold snap, causing temperatures to plummet rapidly, and without warning. The bathroom pipes in the visitor center at the Butler-McCook House in Hartford burst, flooding the Main Street History Center exhibition. Moisture remediation, including several commercial-grade dehumidifiers and fans were employed and the exposed wood floor, which had been damaged extensively, was removed. Over the past few weeks, an eight-inch character oak floor was installed and stained to match the existing by floor restoration expert Tony Stockley. Butler-McCook House & Garden’s staff have been thrilled to welcome visitors back for tours and events in our Main Street History Center!

Significant Restoration Work in New London

Connecticut Landmarks is undertaking a significant restoration project on the upper levels of the 1678 Joshua Hempsted House. For the safety of our visitors and our historic property, tours are currently restricted to the first floor of the home. Tours of the property during general open hours have been canceled until further notice, though visitors may inquire about a private tour by advance reservation. In light of this, we have reduced admission costs until further notice. Thank you for your understanding as we continue to care for the oldest remaining home in New London.

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