DAY ONE

Stop #1

Keeler Tavern, Ridgefield

Dating to 1713, this house was a tavern, stagecoach stop, post office, hotel and home of architect Cass Gilbert.  Costumed docents lead tours through rooms reflecting rural life in 18th – 20th century. Take your photo next to the British cannonball dating from the Revolutionary War embedded in the house. Tour the garden designed by Cass Gilbert with hand carved decorative urns recreated from Italy. http://keelertavernmuseum.org.

Stop #2

Marion Anderson Studio & More, Danbury

The Danbury Historical Society maintains the John Dodd Hat Shop that details the process of hat production that made Danbury the “hat capital” and the 1785 John and Mary Rider House with exhibits reflecting life before, during and after the Revolutionary War. The Marian Anderson Studio has exhibits celebrating the life of Marion Anderson, the world -renowned contralto and Civil Rights icon that made Danbury her home. www.danburymuseum.org.

 

Lunch

 

Stop #3

Hunt Hill Farm and Skitch Henderson Museum, New Milford

An art gallery, shop, and cooking school affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, it offers concerts, educational and culinary programs and shopping in the setting of historic farm buildings surrounded by hundreds of unspoiled acres. For music lovers, a visit to the Skitch Henderson Museum is a unique experience. www.hunthillfarmtrust.org

 

Stop #4

The Glebe House & the Gertrude Jeykll Garden, Woodbury

Furnished with period furnishings, this 1750s minister’s house or Glebe is where the first Bishop of the Episcopal Church was elected in 1783.  A special highlight is the tour of the only garden in the U.S. designed by Gertrude Jekyll, the most famous 20th century British gardener. www.theglebehouse.org

 

Stop #5

Woodbury Pewter, Woodbury

Traditional and contemporary designs are made on the premises using age-old techniques. Watch a demonstration in casting of custom pewter and see how a teapot is made from start to finish. The outlet store offers factory seconds only available at the store and first quality products. www.woodburypewter.com

 

Evening Activities

After dinner, take in a performance at one of area’s theaters:

The Palace Theatre, Waterbury, www.palacetheaterct.org

Ridgefield Playhouse, www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org

 

DAY TWO

 

Stop #1

Timexpo Museum, Waterbury

Travel through time from the beginning of the clock industry in Waterbury to the evolution of the Timex Company. Learn about Thor Heyerdahl and his theory of ancient civilizations in the Coincidences or Connections Gallery. www.timexpo.com.

 

Stop #2

American Clock and Watch Museum, Bristol

Learn about the history of the American made clocks and watches while exploring the galleries of this museum that house the largest display of American production clocks in the world. There is a special emphasis on CT, once the clock capital of the US. www.clockandwatchmuseum.org.

 

Stop # 3

The Carousel Museum, Bristol

Take a guided tour of the galleries of the museum featuring the history and art of the carousel.  Take a ride on a working carousel and visit the restoration shop. Tour the Fire History and Greek Museum also on premises. Lunch can be arranged. www.thecarouselmuseum.org.

 

Lunch

 

Stop #4

Naugatuck Railroad, Thomaston

Take a scenic vintage train ride on the Naugatuck Railroad that departs from a historic 1881 train station.  The ride follows the Naugatuck River and passes through forests and elements of the area’s industrial heritage to the Litchfield Hills. www.rmne.org.

 

Stop #5

Litchfield History Museum and Tapping Reeve House & Law School, Litchfield

Investigate the evolution of a small New England Village through exhibits in 7 galleries.  Visit America’s first law school by taking a journey through the life of a real student from the early 19th century. www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org.

 

Stop #6

Bellamy –Ferriday House, Bethlehem

Tour the gracious 1754 home of Bethlehem’s First Minister transformed into a 20th century country estate of Caroline Ferriday who was a philanthropist that supported the Free France Movement in WWII.  A highlight is the tour of formal gardens with historic roses, lilacs and peonies. www.ctlandmarks.org

 

Stop # 7

Wine Tasting at Vineyards:

Haight Brown, Litchfield http://haightvineyards.com,

Sunset Meadow, Goshen, www.sunsetmeadowvineyards.com

Miranda, Goshen, www.mirandavineyard.com

 

Evening Activities

After dinner, take in a performance at one of area’s theaters:

Warner Theatre, Torrington, www.warnertheatre.org

Infinity Hall, Norfolk, www.infinityhall.com

Landmark Community Theater at Thomaston Opera House, Thomaston, www.landmarkcommunitytheatre.org

 

Grey Box Area

Other Nearby Options:

Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield - www.aldrichart.org

Danbury Railroad Museum, Danbury - www.danbury.org/drm

Hotchkiss Fyler House, Torrington - www.torringtonhistoricalsociety.org

Abbey of Regina Laudis, Bethlehem - http://abbeyofreginalaudis.org

White Memorial Foundation, Litchfield -www.whitememorialcc.org

Institute of American Indian Studies, Washington - www.iaismuseum.org

Sloane –Stanley Museum, Kent - www.ericsloane.com/museum.htm

Kent Antique Machinery, Kent - www.ctamachinery.com

Lake Compounce Family Theme Park, Bristol - www.lakecompounce.com

Quassy Amusement Park, Middlebury - www.quassy.com

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International Sales:

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