With its three miles of stone walls, Hill-Stead is an ideal place to look at lichen, the colorful but often overlooked miraculous combination of fungus and algae. Learn about lichen and the history of Hill-Stead's stone walls on this easy walk with estate naturalist Diane Tucker. All ages welcome. $5 members, $8 members-to-be. Preregistration required: 860.677.4787 ext 142.
Frogs, woodcock and the earliest spring wildflowers are the topics of this easy-to-moderate evening stroll with estate naturalist Diane Tucker. Pre-registration required: please call 860.677.4787 ext 142. $5 members, $8 members-to-be.
Join in the annual mud-slinging, bug-finding, frog-fancying celebration of spring and Hill-Stead's pond! Help to search the pond, swamp and stream for aquatic creatures of all types. Sloppy fun will be had by all ages. Pre-registration required: please call 860.677.4787 ext 142. $5 members, $8 members-to-be.
Children K-4 revel in a place where art and nature meet. Here's a chance for a morning of nature exploration and fun. With estate naturalist Diane Tucker, kids will find returning spring birds, amphibians, and all kinds of interesting life teeming under the Bug Boards. Kids should wear waterproof footwear and dress for inclement weather. There's fun to be had rain or shine! Pre-registration required: call Marcie Charest at 860.677.4787 ext 142. Admission: $16 per child for members; $24 per child for members-to-be.
Hill-Stead offers designated parking and wheel chair accessibility to the first floor of the Pope Riddle House, Museum Shop, Orientation Gallery, where visitors may view a photo-essay timeline and a video, and the Sunken Garden as of June 2006. Hill-Stead welcomes all people regardless of handicapped status -- estate naturalist Diane Tucker will always tailor programs to meet the needs of whomever attends, and she has a couple of programs a year specifically for people who are vision- and hearing-impaired (our 'nature walk for all senses'). While handicapped children are invited and encouraged to attend the events above, parents may want to call in advance of the date to discuss specific needs and situations.
Hill-Stead Museum, a National Historic Landmark, serves diverse audiences in Connecticut and beyond as a welcoming place for learning, reflection and enjoyment. The museum develops, preserves, documents, displays and interprets its exceptional Impressionist paintings, 1901 historic house, collections and 152-acre landscape for the benefit of present and future generations.
Hill-Stead Museum was established in 1946 by the will of Theodate Pope Riddle (1867-1946). It encompasses a 152-acre country estate, which Theodate, Connecticut’s sixth registered female architect and early proponent of historic preservation, designed in the New England farmstead idiom. She designed the Colonial Revival house for her parents, Ada and Alfred Atmore Pope, using drawings prepared by the architectural firm of McKim, Mead & White. She completed the 33,000-square-foot house in 1901. The estate comprises a Cotswald-like grouping and a Warren Manning-inspired landscape. A one-acre, c. 1920 Beatrix Farrand-designed Sunken Garden is the centerpiece of the property.
Values and Vision
We affirm the “founding idea” to make Hill-Stead’s resources available to the public, to maintain these resources in the best possible physical condition, to preserve their original historic character and integrity, and to insure their security and safety. We are guided by the professional standards of our accrediting body, the American Association of Museums (AAM). We affirm our responsibility as stewards of a National Historic Landmark to maintain historic authenticity and visual integrity. Our vision is to preserve these resources and to fully realize their interpretive potential for present and future generations.
Since opening to the public in 1947, over 714,000 visitors have toured the house and participated in programs, including guided house and garden tours, student curriculum-related studies, field trips, teacher workshops, inter-generational nature and art activities, monthly gallery talks, lectures, year-round poetry programs and an annual two-day garden fair. Visitors also use the property for plein air painting, garden tours, hiking and photography. Hill-Stead is featured on the Connecticut Art Trail, a Millennium Legacy Trail, and the Women’s Heritage Trail.
Two hours from New York City and Boston, 10 minutes from Hartford.
Take Exit 39, I-84 East or West. Follow Route 4 West. Turn left onto Route 10 South. At first traffic light, turn left onto Mountain Road. Museum entrance is 1/4 mile up the hill on the left.
By chartered bus
Group reservations are required in advance.
Take Exit 39, I-84 East or West. Follow Route 4 West. Continue past the sign for “Bus Entrance” on the left. Do not make a left turn onto the property. Turn around in an appropriate area, return, and make a right turn onto the property.
35 Mountain Road, Farmington, CT 06032
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