Isham-Terry House & Garden
The lone survivor of a once vibrant Hartford neighborhood, the Isham-Terry House is a time capsule of the genteel lifestyle of turn-of-the century Hartford. In 1896, Dr. Oliver Isham purchased the 1854 Italianate house for his medical practice and as a home for himself, his parents and his three sisters. His sisters, Julia and Charlotte, lived in the house until their deaths in the 1970s. A life-long love of their family home and an interest in historic preservation led them to donate their family home to Connecticut Landmarks. The footprint of the house remains the same as it was when it was built in 1854 with the three-story rectangular tower added in 1883. The 15-room mansion is adorned with crown moldings, ceiling medallions, lincrusta wall coverings, hand painted walls and ceilings, gilt mirrors and valances, stained glass windows, elaborate gas-light chandeliers and many original kitchen and bathroom appliances and fixtures.
It is filled with objects of historical, artistic and family significance including antique furnishings, decorative arts, rare books, the Terry clocks made famous by their great uncle Eli Terry, ornate gas-light fixtures, stained-glass windows, early Connecticut auto memorabilia and memorabilia from Hartford High School, the Ishams’ beloved alma mater. Dr. Isham’s medical office, with surgical instruments and medicines, has been left largely undisturbed, as has the family’s c. 1920 kitchen.
Open for tours June through December on the 2nd Sunday of the month from 12 – 3 pm, for public programs and by appointment. Private tours by appointment must be scheduled at least 7 days in advance by contacting 860.247.8996 x 11, or firstname.lastname@example.org (reservations are not required during open hours).
For school groups and special curriculum-based programming, to reserve tours and tour groups of 10 or more, or to rent the facility, please call (860) 247-8996 x 10.
Students with ID, Seniors (65+), AAA members & Teachers: $10
Hartford Residents & Children age 6-18: $5
Children under 6 & CTL Members: Free
Family Price (2 adults & unlimited number of children): $25
Isham-Terry House & Garden
211 High Street
Hartford, CT 06103
From Eastbound I-84: Exit 49 to 2nd light (Ann Street). Take a left on Ann St. At the next light take a left onto Chapel St. Take your next right (about 100 Ft) to Ann Uccello. Continue towards the end of the street taking a left to High St. Take your first right into the visitors lot of the Hartford Public Safety Center. The Isham-Terry house is next door (south) of the parking lot. Enter the house through the front door.
From I-91 or Westbound I-84: From I-91 Exit 32B (Trumbull Street) or Exit 50 from I-84 West. Go through four lights. Take your next right (about 100 Ft) to Ann Uccello St. Continue towards the end of the street taking a left to High St. Take your first right into the visitors lot of the Hartford Public Safety Center. The Isham-Terry house is next door (south) of the parking lot. Enter the house through the front door.