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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 »

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Music Returns to the Butler-McCook Garden in Hartford

Hartford’s summer air will once again be filled with vibrant jazz melodies against the backdrop of sunset skies. Every second Thursday from June through September, bring a lawn chair and a picnic dinner while you enjoy music and an artist’s exhibition in the lovely setting of the Butler-McCook House & Garden during our Sunset Sounds Concert Series. The series kicks off this Thursday with Jen Allen “Heart Alchemy.”  Be sure to stay for a free tour of Butler-McCook House’s first floor! Audio tours are available via the IZI.Travel app for the historic garden. The Amos Bull House will also celebrate a featured artist’s exhibition in our community room.

On Friday, June 21, perennial crowd favorite Ed Fast and Congabop returns to Hartford’s best kept secret—our historic garden oasis–as we join cities worldwide on the longest day of the year to celebrate the annual Make Music Day Hartford. Bring your dancing shoes and have no doubt that this will be an exciting performance filled with Fast’s original tunes and rumbafied standards and his stellar line-up of performers, including legendary percussionist Sammy Figueroa.

Registration appreciated, but walk-ups always welcome to all music performances!

See Other Programs in Sunset Sounds Concert Series »

In community at Hempsted Houses’ Juneteenth Celebration

New London’s Hempsted Houses welcomes community members to its 9th annual Juneteenth Festival, a three-day celebration of progress towards freedom in the United States. Join us on Friday evening for a Campfire Conversation, Saturday for the Juneteenth Celebration, and Sunday morning to reflect during Sunday Services under the tent.

While the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect on January 1, 1863, Union soldiers in the Civil War were not able to enforce it in areas still under Confederate control. It was not until June 19, 1865, that Union soldiers arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas, and announced that 250,000 enslaved people in the state had been freed. The date became known as Juneteenth — America’s second independence day — and was long celebrated among African American communities as a celebration of resilience and hope in difficult times. In 2021, Juneteenth was recognized as a federal holiday.

The Hempsted Houses are proud to partner with organizations like OIC New London, the New London chapter of the NAACP, the New London County Historical Society and the Slave Dwelling Project to commemorate this holiday, and celebrate the history of our site and the neighborhood in which it thrives, one of the earliest historically Black neighborhoods in the country. We hope to see you at this weekend’s festival!

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Welcome back to the Coventry Farmers’ Market!

Opening day of the Coventry Farmers’ Market is this Sunday, June 2! The state’s largest farmers’ market brings fresh local finds to the grounds of the Nathan Hale Homestead every Sunday from 10:00 am-1:00 pm through the end of October. Each week, the staff of the Homestead hosts family-friendly programs including 18thcentury games, hearth cooking, cheese-making, woodworking, and so much more. 

FREE admission to the grounds; fees apply for some programs.

The Nathan Hale Homestead is open from 10 am–2 pm on Sundays. Tours of the museum’s interiors are available for regular admission fees. Feel free to stop in to the Museum Shop to continue your shopping adventure!

See market themes and Homestead programming »

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.

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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 »

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!

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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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