Captain Nathan Hale, captured and hanged as a spy at age 21 by the British in September of 1776, is famous for his alleged last words: “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” Nathan grew up on the farm that his prosperous father, Richard Hale, purchased in 1740 for his large family. Ardent patriots, six of the eight Hale brothers served in the Continental army during the American Revolution.
The Georgian-style home has remained virtually intact since its 1776 completion. It is furnished with Hale family possessions and other period antiques that were collected by George Dudley Seymour, who purchased and restored the Homestead in 1914. The 17-acre Homestead adjoins the 1500-acre Nathan Hale State Forest where the remote nature of the property makes modern conveniences seem far away.
Connecticut Landmarks engages visitors in understanding the historical and emotional commitments of individuals and families who have patriotically served their country through sacrifice, starting from the story of schoolteacher-turned-spy Nathan Hale.