Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden
Visitors to The Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden will experience how 18th-century evangelical pastor Joseph Bellamy influenced everyday colonial life and preached with religious fervor throughout New England as well as how Miss Caroline Ferriday, a 20th-century philanthropist, championed human rights and social justice causes around the globe. A visit to the five-acre site includes the 18th-century residence, barns, and formal parterre garden and will engage the public in understanding how beliefs and values can guide one’s actions by interpreting the lives, actions, and commitments of the Reverend Bellamy and Miss Caroline Ferriday.
Moving to Bethlehem from New York City when she was 9 years old, Miss Ferriday spent 78 summers on her property. Interested in the original owner of the house, Caroline Ferriday researched him and collected antiques related to Reverend Bellamy’s life, many of them are preserved throughout the house. Bellamy built the house in two stages, beginning in 1754 and finishing in 1767, as his family, theological seminary, and stature grew. Architectural embellishments were added by Rev. Bellamy’s eldest son in the 1790s. The 100-acre property with numerous outbuildings remained in the Bellamy family until 1868. A preacher of great renown, Bellamy traveled throughout New England preaching the message of the Great Awakening. An accomplished writer, his works were published in New York, Boston, and Scotland—while he lived in Bethlehem in the 18th century.
In 1912, New Yorkers Henry and Eliza Ferriday purchased the property as a summer residence for themselves and their only child Caroline Ferriday. The Ferridays updated the house with modern amenities such as heat, electricity, and plumbing. Mrs. Ferriday and daughter Caroline designed a formal parterre garden which features historic roses, peonies, lilacs, and numerous fragrant trees and shrubs, making the site a destination for gardeners. In addition to gardening, Miss Ferriday supported many social justice and human rights causes. Miss Ferriday supported the Free France Movement during World War II and secured medical assistance for Ravensbruck Concentration Camp survivors, receiving the Cross of Lorraine and the French Legion of Honor medal for her efforts.
Open May through Oct.
May – Sept.: Thur. – Sun.., 12 – 4 pm
Oct.: Sat. & Sun., 12 – 4 pm
Tours begin on the half hour.
Open on Memorial Day, Labor Day & Columbus Day
For school groups and special curriculum-based programming, to reserve tours for groups of 6 or more, or to rent the facility, please call the Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden at (203) 266-7596.
Students with ID, Seniors (65+), AAA members & Teachers: $15
Town Residents & Children age 6-18: $7
Children under 6 & CTL Members: Free
Family Price (2 adults & unlimited number of children): $35
Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden
9 Main Street North
Bethlehem, CT 06751
I-84 East: Take Exit 15 & turn left onto Rte 6 East. Follow for 13 miles to Rte 61 & take left onto Rte 61 North. Follow about 4 miles, House on left after intersection of Routes 61 & 132.
I-84 West: Take Exit 17 & follow Rte 64 to Woodbury. Right onto Rte 6. Left onto Rte 61 North. Follow about 4 miles, House on left after the intersection of Routes 61 & 132.
From Rte 202: At the intersection of Routes 202 & 63. South on Rte 63. Follow for about five miles. Right onto Route 61 South, House on right.