Jun 17, 2011
11:16 AMDiscover Connecticut
Weekend Discovery: Boothe Memorial Park
Looking for some place to visit with dad this weekend? Pack a lunch and head over to Stratford for a few hours at the quirky and wonderful Boothe Memorial Park.
At the turn of the 20th century, brothers David Beach and Stephen Nichols Boothe transformed their 32 acres in Stratford overlooking the Housatonic River into a shrine of the unusual. They collected a number of objects and built odd items on the property including a windmill and clocktower, as well as a mini lighthouse, a carriage house, a trolley station, blacksmith shop, a chapel, a model train museum, a technocratic building (with no windows or doors) and an Americana museum. More recently, an original toll booth from the Merritt Parkway has been added to the property.
The property is also hosts a small observatory (home of the Boothe Memorial Astronomical Society), a nice playground and a rose garden. For the record, the property also claims to be “the oldest homestead in America” as the main house sits on the foundation of a home build in 1663 and has been continuously occupied. It is also on the National Register of Historic Places.
Tours of the buildings are available on request during the summer months. The park is open to the public year round.
For more info, visit boothememorialpark.org.