Members Only: Lilac Walks

When you think of the Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden, you think of lilacs. 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. Tour the gardens to learn about the long history of the lilacs on the property and how we care for them.

Not yet a CTL Member? Purchase your membership today to access the 11:30 am Lilac Walk, or select our general audience 2:30 pm Lilac Walk below. 


Lilac tours take place on select days at 11:30 am & 2:30 pm and require tickets. See the full line-up here. This tour does not include a house tour; tickets for house tours may be purchased separately.

Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather, as this program takes place outdoors. In case of cancellation due to severe weather, registrants will be notified at the email address on file.

If you have any questions, please contact Site Administrator Peg Shimer at bellamy.ferriday@ctlandmarks.org or call (203) 266-7596.

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Save the Date! Things That Go Bump In The Night

Tickets will be available soon for our annual event, taking place select Thursdays and Fridays in September and October! Sign up for our e-newsletter to be notified when tickets go on sale.

Get into the “spirit” of the season! Our special, flashlight-lit tours will take you around the property and into the house, all the way up to the dark, shadowy attic. Prepare to be scared while surrounded by the very history that spawned the stories. Hear long-standing and new Homestead ghost stories from staff members and spooky encounters reported by guests, as featured on the Syfy channel’s Ghost Hunters. Not recommended for young souls. 


All tours begin at 7 pm; please arrive by 6:45 pm to check in. Reservations required and space is limited. See full schedule here.

Appropriate footwear and reliable flashlights strongly recommended. This tour will include creaks and cold spots and is not recommended for young souls.

If you have any questions, please contact Site Administrator Anne Marie Charland at hale@ctlandmarks.org or call 860.742.6917.

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Making Music Together: The Ishams’ Parlor Music

Enjoy an afternoon’s vocal and instrumental performance to hear the late-19th and early-20th century songs that would have filled the Ishams’ parlor, drawing upon the sheet music in the Isham-Terry collection and representing the lives and interests of the household’s amateur musicians.


If you have any questions, please email Assistant Site Administrator Jana Colacino at isham.terry@ctlandmarks.org.

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The Final Act at Home: A Victorian Wake

Saying good-bye in the Victorian Era was a complicated process. Join this fact-based exploration of a Victorian wake presented in partnership with the researchers and performers at Escapism Productions. 


If you have any questions, please email Assistant Site Administrator Jana Colacino at isham.terry@ctlandmarks.org.

Image: Mira qué bonita era (“Look How Lovely She Was”) by Julio Romero de Torres, 1895

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Hartford Art & Monuments Walk

Public art and monuments create a shared understanding of the events, people, and ideas that a city values. Set out from the Butler-McCook House to explore the artistic treasures and monuments of Hartford along Main Street, in Bushnell Park, and at the State Capitol Building. 


This program is part of our Historic Hartford Walking Tours series, where we forge new paths through Hartford’s history! Register for additional walks here.

Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather, as this program will take place outdoors. In case of cancelation due to severe weather, registrants will be notified at the email address on file.

If you have any questions, contact Assistant Site Administrator Jana Colacino at jana.colacino@ctlandmarks.org.

Highsmith, C. M., photographer. (2011) Capitol, Hartford, Connecticut. United States Connecticut Hartford, 2011. September. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2012630265/.

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Beyond Main Street Walking Tour

Expand your knowledge of Hartford’s architectural treasures by venturing east and west of Main Street. Understand the historical and cultural significance of buildings along South Prospect Street, from the 1788 Amos Bull House to the BPO Elks Lodge, to the Hartford Times Building. To the west, explore more of the city’s South Downtown neighborhood on Elm and Gold Streets.  


This program is part of our Historic Hartford Walking Tours series, where we forge new paths through Hartford’s history! Register for additional walks here.

Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather, as this program will take place outdoors. In case of cancelation due to severe weather, registrants will be notified at the email address on file.

If you have any questions, contact Assistant Site Administrator Jana Colacino at jana.colacino@ctlandmarks.org.

CTL Members, sign in to our ticketing site to access your benefits.

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Mattatuck Museum Takeover

How can art change our perspective on history? To find out, the Mattatuck Museum will bring pieces in its significant art and history collections from their museum on the Green in downtown Waterbury to the rooms of the Ferriday family’s summer retreat in Bethlehem. Works exploring the themes of women, 20th-century art, and local art will be in conversation with the beautiful furniture, art, and objects collected over decades by Caroline Ferriday. 

On view during regular tours of the Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden from Saturday, September 21 to Sunday, October 20. Book your tour today!


If you have any questions, please contact Site Administrator Peg Shimer at bellamy.ferriday@ctlandmarks.org or call (203) 266-7596.

CTL Members, sign in to our ticketing site to access your benefits.

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Flower Pounding Workshop

Phelps-Hatheway staff will guide you stepbystep as you create a unique work of art with blooms grown by Suffield’s own Willow View Farm. This workshop is sure to bring a smile to your face as you work those muscles to make a masterpiece! 


This program is presented as part of Connecticut Historic Gardens Day. Learn more about how Connecticut Landmarks is participating here.

CTL Members, please sign in to our ticketing system to access your benefits.

If you have any questions, please email phelps.hatheway@ctlandmarks.org or call 860-668-0055.

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Save the Date! Afternoon Tea with Martha Hall Kelly

Inspiration is everywhere in the Litchfield hills! Join best-selling author 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. Tours of Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden available as add-on. 

Learn more about the details of this event here.

Tickets will go on sale for Connecticut Landmarks Members on Friday, May 3, at 10:00 am. Any remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, May 15, at 10:00 am. Want to access the pre-sale, and all the other benefits of Membership? Join today.

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The Stone Walls and Structures of England and New England: An Evolution

Accomplished stone artisan, gardener, and horticulturist Andrew Pighills discusses the evolution of stone walls and structures from colonial times to present day, and how they fit into the garden and broader landscape past and present. Born in Yorkshire England, Andrew received formal training with The Royal Horticultural Society at Harlow Carr Gardens. Andrew spent thirty-one years building dry stone walls in the Yorkshire Dales and English Lake District and continues his work here in the U.S. as a professional member of The Dry-Stone Walling Association of Great Britain.

 


If you have any questions, please contact Site Administrator Lynette Fisher at palmer.warner@ctlandmarks.org.

CTL Members, sign in to our ticketing system to access your benefits.

Photo by Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times

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