Nathan Hale Homestead
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 amassed by George Dudley Seymour, who purchased the Homestead in 1914. The 17-acre Homestead adjoins the 1500-acre Nathan Hale State Forest, where modern conveniences seem remote.
Connecticut Landmarks engages visitors in understanding the historical and emotional commitments of individual people and families who have patriotically served the country through sacrifice, starting from the story of schoolteacher-turned-spy Nathan Hale.
Open for tours May through October
May: Sat. & Sun., 12 – 4 pm
June – Sept.: Fri. & Sat., 12 – 4 pm; Sun., 11 am – 4 pm
Oct.: Sat., 12 – 4 pm; Sun., 11 am – 4 pm
Tours leave on the hour.
Open Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day & Columbus Day.
The Hale Homestead grounds are open year round from dawn to dusk.
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) 742-6917.
Students with ID, Seniors (65+), AAA members & Teachers: $10
Town Residents & Children age 6-18: $5
Children under 6 & CTL Members: Free
Family Price (2 adults & unlimited number of children): $30
Learn about the Hale family’s patriotism as participants explore the 1776 family home.
Enjoy a walk around the Hale property and learn about the family’s prosperous farm and 18th-century farming.
For an additional fee, groups may choose to book an intimate hearth cooking program. Participants learn about colonial food ways and help prepare a meal.
For an additional fee, groups may book a special tea program where participants learn about the importance of tea in colonial life and are able to sample some brews and refreshments.
From points west: Take I-84 East to exit 59 / I-384 East. Continue on I-384 East for 7.5 miles. Stay to the right on to US 6 East. Follow for 6 miles to South STREET (not Road) and turn left. Follow for 3.5 miles. Nathan Hale Homestead will be on your right.
From points east: Follow US 6 West towards Hartford. In Columbia, CT stay right on US 6 West. Turn right onto Rose Bridge Road which becomes Pucker Street for 2 miles. Turn left onto South Street for 2.5 miles. Take second exit on small round-about continuing on South Street. Nathan Hale Homestead is straight ahead.