CT’s Historic Gardens Day
June 26 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Stanley-Whitman House, 37 High Street
Join us for Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day for free guided garden and house tours given on the hour throughout the day!
Stanley-Whitman House is one of fifteen distinctive historic sites and gardens in Connecticut that will be offering tours as part of Connecticut Historic Gardens Day, Sunday, June 26th from 12 – 4 pm.
The Museum will be offering free historic garden tours in its “Museum Without Walls” which include its dooryard garden, hops and dye garden, and early settlers garden.
Our garden guides will talk about the utilitarian, culinary, and medicinal uses of plants grown in our 17th Century inspired Early Settlers and Hops and Dye Gardens and in our 18th Century inspired Dooryard Garden by pointing out the plants that colonists brought over with them from the Old World and those that they were introduced to by Indigenous peoples.
Dooryard gardens were areas of active seasonal work, such as laundry, soap- and candle-making, butchering, and dying. Far from formal beautiful spaces, these garden areas served functions that were messy, smelly, and often crowded with people, animals, and equipment.
What visitors experience at Stanley-Whitman House on June 26 will provide an interesting juxtaposition to historic gardens of later periods, which were primarily places of beauty and contemplation.
Tours will start on the hour with groups rotated to different areas of the Museum’s grounds and gardens. Reservations are needed and can be made online. FMI: www.s-wh.org, www.cthistoricgardens.org, or www.facebook.com/cthistoricgardens