About Connecticut Landmarks
Founded in 1936 as the Antiquarian & Landmarks Society, CTL is a state-wide network of eleven significant historic properties that span four centuries 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.
Our historic properties include: the Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden in Bethlehem; the Butler-McCook House & Garden and the Isham-Terry House in Hartford; the Buttolph-Williams House in Wethersfield; the Amasa Day House in Moodus; the Hempsted Houses in New London; the Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry; the Palmer-Warner House in East Haddam; and the Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden in Suffield.
Connecticut Landmarks’ Mission
Connecticut Landmarks uses historic properties to inspire an understanding of our complex past.
Connecticut Landmarks’ Vision
A state whose understanding of its diverse past inspires its people to move forward together as one.
Connecticut Landmarks is a proud member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, a global network of historic sites, museums and memory initiatives connecting past struggles to today’s movements for human rights and social justice. The Coalition includes more than 250 members in more than 65 countries.
Most of Connecticut Landmarks’ properties came into our care when donated by their final residents. The houses were preserved to protect them from future development and changes, to honor families’ legacies, and because of their architectural importance or their significance in early American life.
However, as an organization, we acknowledge the shortcomings of this collection. Most of these houses focused only on the histories of the white people who lived there, many with wealth, status, and privileges not shared by all Americans. As a member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, CTL believes we must face all aspects of our history. We are working hard to broaden the stories we tell at our sites to be more inclusive, and to engage the public with dialogue on these issues and how we can best face them together.
Visitors to our sites will be asked to consider their place in history. They will be asked to consider how choices that were made in the past impact our present and our future. Plus, visitors will be asked to consider how they can make their mark on the future knowing the stories of the past. Expect to see history, but also expect to be challenged by it.
Connecticut Landmarks is working hard to be a more inclusive and equitable organization. We seek to bring in new visitors, new viewpoints, and new experiences that will impact a wide range of people. This inclusivity extends to our staff, our board, and our consultants. This is an ongoing process and one that requires all of us to work toward the same goals.