Lilac Walks

Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden 9 Main St N, Bethlehem, CT, United States

When you think of the Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden, you think of lilacs. Each spring, the stunning variety of lilacs curated by Caroline Ferriday and her mother scent the gardens and show off their fleeting blossoms in shades of purples, pinks, and even whites. Tour the gardens to learn about the long history of the lilacs on the property and how we care for them.

$10 – $15

Lilac Walks

Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden 9 Main St N, Bethlehem, CT, United States

When you think of the Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden, you think of lilacs. Each spring, the stunning variety of lilacs curated by Caroline Ferriday and her mother scent the gardens and show off their fleeting blossoms in shades of purples, pinks, and even whites. Tour the gardens to learn about the long history of the lilacs on the property and how we care for them.

$10 – $15

Flower Pounding Workshop

Phelps-Hatheway House 55 S Main St, Suffield, CT, United States

Phelps-Hatheway staff will guide you step-by-step as you create a unique work of art with blooms grown by Suffield’s own Willow View Farm. This workshop is sure to bring a smile to your face as you work those muscles to make a masterpiece! 

$20 – $25

Mid-Summer Pipes & Cider

Palmer-Warner House 307 Town Street, East Haddam, CT, United States

Sip cider and connect with Scotland during a trail walk around the beautiful Palmer-Warner led by Portland & District Pipers. Enjoy local cider tastings from Yankee Cider Co. including a signature “Dunstaffnage” bourbon designed to take you to the Scottish Moors through hints of Highland peat smoke. Bring your friends to test your knowledge in a round of Celtic-themed pub trivia, with prizes for first- and second-place teams.

$45 – $50

Mattatuck Museum Takeover

Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden 9 Main St N, Bethlehem, CT, United States

How can art change our perspective on history? To find out, the Mattatuck Museum will bring pieces in its significant art and history collections from their museum on the Green in downtown Waterbury to the rooms of the Ferriday family’s summer retreat in Bethlehem. Works exploring the themes of women, 20th-century art, and local art will be in conversation with the beautiful furniture, art, and objects collected over decades by Caroline Ferriday.  On view during regular tours of the Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden from Saturday, September 21 to Sunday, October 20.

Free – $15

Beyond Main Street Walking Tour

Butler-McCook House & Garden 396 Main Street, Hartford, CT, United States

Expand your knowledge of Hartford’s architectural treasures by venturing east and west of Main Street. Understand the historical and cultural significance of buildings along South Prospect Street, from the 1788 Amos Bull House to the BPO Elks Lodge, to the Hartford Times Building. To the west, explore more of the city’s South Downtown neighborhood on Elm and Gold Streets.

$5 – $10

The Stone Walls and Structures of England and New England: An Evolution

Palmer-Warner House 307 Town Street, East Haddam, CT, United States

Accomplished stone artisan, gardener, and horticulturist Andrew Pighills discusses the evolution of stone walls and structures from colonial times to present day, and how they fit into the garden and broader landscape past and present. Born in Yorkshire England, Andrew received formal training with The Royal Horticultural Society at Harlow Carr Gardens. Andrew spent thirty-one years building dry stone walls in the Yorkshire Dales and English Lake District and continues his work here in the U.S. as a professional member of The Dry-Stone Walling Association of Great Britain.

$35 – $45

Save the Date! Things That Go Bump In The Night

Nathan Hale Homestead 2299 South St, Coventry, CT, United States

Get into the “spirit” of the season! Our special, candlelit tours will take you around the property and into the house, all the way up to the dark, shadowy attic. Hear long-standing and new Homestead ghost stories from staff members and spooky encounters reported by guests, as featured on the Syfy channel’s Ghost Hunters.

$25 – $30

Hartford Art & Monuments Walk

Butler-McCook House & Garden 396 Main Street, Hartford, CT, United States

Public art and monuments create a shared understanding of the events, people, and ideas that a city values. Set out from the Butler-McCook House to explore the artistic treasures and monuments of Hartford along Main Street, in Bushnell Park, and at the State Capitol Building.

$5 – $10

The Final Act at Home: A Victorian Wake

Isham-Terry House 211 High Street, Hartford, CT, United States

Saying good-bye in the Victorian Era was a complicated process. Join this fact-based exploration of a Victorian wake presented in partnership with the researchers and performers at Escapism Productions. 

$10 – $15

Making Music Together: The Ishams’ Parlor Music

Isham-Terry House 211 High Street, Hartford, CT, United States

Enjoy an afternoon’s vocal and instrumental performance to hear the late-19th and early-20th century songs that would have filled the Ishams’ parlor, drawing upon the sheet music in the Isham-Terry collection and representing the lives and interests of the household’s amateur musicians.

$10 – $15
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