Apr 30, 2013
04:32 PMThe Connecticut Story
The Harriet Beecher Stowe House: Connecticut's Newest National Historic Landmark
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Henry Whitfield House, Guilford (1997): Built in 1639 for one of Guilford's founders and first minister; oldest house in Connecticut and oldest stone house in New England. Open Wed.-Sun. 10-4:30, May 1 through Dec. 15. Learn more here.
Henry C. Bowen House, Woodstock (1992): Built in 1846 for influential businessman Henry C. Bowen; a striking Gothic Revival-style manse better known as Roseland Cottage due to its coral pink exterior. Special features include a carriage house with bowling alley (in which, legend has it, President Ulysses S. Grant once bowled a strike), a boxwood-bordered parterre garden with more than 4,000 annuals and, inside the house, the original Gothic furnishings and Lincrusta Walton wall decorations. Open for tours Wed.-Sun. 11-5, June 1 through Oct. 15; upcoming special events include the Roseland Cottage Plant Sale (May 11), Connecticut Historic Gardens Day (June 23) and the Roseland Fine Arts & Crafts Festival (Oct. 19 & 20). Learn more here.
Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington (1991): Country estate designed at the turn of the 20th century for wealthy industrialist Alfred Atmore Pope by his daughter Theodate, and built by the renowned architectural firm of McKim, Mead & White. Houses distinguished collection of major works by artists such as Mary Cassatt, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas and Albrecht Durer. Open Tues.-Sun. 10-4, year-round, with tours every half-hour. Summer events include the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, Wed. evenings June through Aug, and the Hill-Stead Farmers Market, Sun. 11-2, July 7 through Oct. 20. Learn more here.
Ida Tarbell House, Easton (1993): Still privately owned; former farmhouse home of "muckraker" journalist Tarbell (from 1906 to 1944), author of The History of the Standard Oil Company. Learn more here.
Monte Cristo Cottage, New London (1971): Summer family home of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Eugene O'Neill; setting for his plays Ah! Wilderness and Long Day's Journey into Night. Open Thurs.-Sat. noon-4 and Sun. 1-3, late May through Labor Day. Learn more here.