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The Palmer-Warner House is open for tours on Saturdays, June 1-22 from 12 noon–4 pm in celebration of Pride Month! Specialty tours of the home will introduce visitors to its residents and explore the themes of Equity, Unity, and Reflection. A Historic Timeline of Connecticut’s LGBTQ Community on loan from the Connecticut Museum of Culture and History will be on view in the barn. Join us on Saturday, June 29, for our culminating celebration in partnership with the East Haddam Historical Society.

Explore the contemporary lives of preservation architect Frederic Palmer and his partner Howard Metzger. Together, they created a safe space for friends and family to gather and experience life unrestrained by societal norms within the beautifully constructed landscape they designed and personally maintained.

The 1738 residence was built by John and Mehitable (Chapman Richardson) Warner. Later generations of the Warner family would become blacksmiths, and many of their pieces were collected by Frederic Palmer and can be seen throughout the house today.

A visit to the site includes a behind-the-scenes tour in which guests can learn about the collection of personal diaries and photos used to reconstruct the lives of Frederic and Howard, providing an opportunity for guests to discuss society’s impact on the thoughts and actions of the house’s former residents.

Advance reservations for tours appreciated, but walk-ups welcome as space permits! Tours leave on the hour; last tour departs at 3:00 pm.

Purchasing an Adult or Child ticket secures your spot on a timed tour of the Palmer-Warner House, and provides access to the scenic grounds and the exhibit in the barn. Walk-up tours will be accommodated as space permits. A Grounds Only ticket provides access to the grounds and barn.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a tour outside of these hours and dates, please contact Site Administrator Lynette Fisher at palmer.warner@ctlandmarks.org.

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