A Note on Our Lilacs

The Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden will be proceeding with this week’s Lilac Walks to share the history of the lilacs and the ways in which we care for them, though with fewer blossoms. While we try to anticipate the peak blooming period for our lilacs every year, we are ultimately at the mercy of Mother Nature. This year, our lilacs enjoyed a warm, wet spring and bloomed a little earlier than we guessed. This week’s heat has further impacted the delicate blooms, and the flowers are now past their prime.

The Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden will be open as planned this week, Wednesday-Sunday from 12 noon-4 pm, with house tours departing every half hour until 3:30 pm.

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By |2024-05-22T09:27:59-04:00May 22nd, 2024|Lilacs, News|Comments Off on A Note on Our Lilacs

Hempsted Houses Closed Saturday, May 25

Due to unforeseen circumstances related to ongoing restoration work, the Hempsted Houses in New London will be closed on Saturday, May 25. We apologize for any inconvenience.

This season, 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 in size and in access. Schedules may have to be shifted throughout the season. Please stay tuned to our website and social media channels for updates.

In light of this, we have reduced admission costs until further notice, and will be focusing on delivering outstanding community-focused events that mainly take place on the grounds of the property. Tours of the houses themselves will be offered as we are able to accommodate them. Thank you for your understanding as we continue to care for the oldest home in New London. Your donations support our work.

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Tickets on sale to ALL for Afternoon Tea with Martha Hall Kelly

Inspiration is everywhere in the Litchfield hills! Join Martha Hall Kelly to discuss her books (Lilac Girls, Lost Roses, Sunflower Sisters, The Golden Doves) and the history that sparked her imagination over afternoon tea at the exquisite Winvian Farm. This intimate event will include a talk and Q&A from the author herself, as well as a proper English tea served with delicious light refreshments.

Remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, May 15, at 10:00 am. Tickets for this event are very limited, and we anticipate that they will sell out.

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Celebrating Preservation Month

To celebrate Preservation Month this May, we’re putting a spotlight on the people who are saving places and building our communities across the state through preservation. Connecticut Landmarks’ staff, contractors, and volunteers pour their time, energy, and resources into protecting our twelve historic properties. Without their work, thousands of visitors could not find their home in history at the (insert site tags). The stories we tell are made possible by the structures we care for, and we take our responsibility to steward these sites seriously.

We begin by introducing our dedicated Preservation Manager, Aileen Bastos. With a rich background in historic preservation, Aileen is committed to ensuring that our properties are maintained according to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. Whether she’s collaborating with local preservation organizations and contractors on projects, working with CCSU public history graduate students on condition assessment reports, or throwing on her cargos to give our outdoor structures fresh paint, our historic properties are in good hands with Aileen.

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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.

By |2024-05-20T13:19:21-04:00May 2nd, 2024|Preservation|Comments Off on Significant Restoration Work in New London

Lilac Watch in Effect at Bellamy-Ferriday

Caroline Ferriday’s famous lilacs at the Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden are getting ready to bloom! 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.

Lilacs typically reach their full bloom at Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden mid-May. Today (May 2), the lilacs are full of buds, but no blooms yet. They have a couple of weeks to go yet. Stay tuned to our website and social media channels for updates if you’d like to plan a visit when they’re at their peak!

Our popular Lilac Walks return this year, Thursdays and Fridays, May 16-24, at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm. Tour the gardens to learn about the long history of the lilacs on the property and how we care for them. A special Members-Only walk is scheduled for May 16 at 11:30 am. Not yet a member? Join today to access all the benefits of membership!

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By |2024-05-10T14:52:00-04:00May 2nd, 2024|Lilacs, News|Comments Off on Lilac Watch in Effect at Bellamy-Ferriday

Welcome to the 2024 Season at Connecticut Landmarks Museums!

Saturday, May 4 marks Connecticut Landmarks’ opening weekend. Our historic sites and their staff welcome visitors to open the door to the past with tours, hands-on programs, and special events. Tours of our seven historic house museums are available from May through October. Days and times vary by location. Make your reservations today!

Our 2024 season features new events including the Palmer-Warner House and East Haddam Historical Society’s Pride Month Celebration; Mattatuck Museum Takeover at the Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden; and Making Music Together: The Ishams’ Parlor Music at the Isham-Terry House. Returning favorites include Things That Go Bump in the Night at the Nathan Hale Homestead; the Hempsted Houses’ Juneteenth Festival; Suffield Garden Club’s 46th Annual May Market at the Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden; and the Sunset Sounds Concert Series at the Butler-McCook House & Garden. Details and registration for all events can be found on our events calendar.

We look forward to welcoming you to our sites this season!

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Create Magic for Clients as CTL’s Rentals Associate!

Connecticut Landmarks seeks a Rental Associate to coordinate a wide range of rental events (including weddings, social, corporate, and community events) at the Nathan Hale Homestead, the Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden, and the Butler-McCook House & Garden.

Our Rentals Associate is the first line of contact with our clients, representing the organization during client meetings; coordinating events from contracting to implementation; working with site staff to ensure appropriate scheduling; ensuring the safety of our historic properties and collections; and supporting client satisfaction. This is a wonderful opportunity for someone with event management experience who wants to work in the cultural heritage arena.

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