CT Open House Day is June 11

Many local historic properties will be open on Saturday, June 11 for Connecticut Open House Day. Step into the Victorian Barn on the historic Town Green, visit the 1750 Ogden House or attend a lecture on the “Pequot Swamp Fight” Battlefield Project — It’s all free.

1750 Ogden House

1750 Ogden House

At the 1750 Ogden House, located at 1520 Bronson Road, visitors can enjoy family-friendly activities, a Revolutionary War encampment and tours of the house and garden. Free admission all day, from 10am to 4pm. Museum Docents will lead guided tours giving visitors a behind-the-scenes look inside this New England saltbox house, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Outside in the Colonial Kitchen Garden, learn about colonial era plants, the importance of beekeeping and take part in garden activities led by the Fairfield Garden Club. Learn about the experiences of the militia during the American Revolution with costumed historical interpreters and a soldier’s encampment. See what a soldier had to carry, what a wool uniform might feel like, and practice a militia drill formation.

PequotLectureLearn more about the Pequot Battlefield Project

At the Fairfield Museum & History Center, 370 Beach Road, visitors will be granted free admission all day, from 10am to 4pm. In addition, there will be a free presentation about the Pequot Swamp Fight Battlefield Project at 1pm. Ashley Bissonnette and David Naumec from the Mashantucket Pequot Museum will discuss the Fairfield Museum & History Center’s newly awarded National Park Service Battlefield Grant to study the final battle of the Pequot War (1636-1637). The last battle of the war was fought in present-day Southport between July 13-14,1637 at Munnacommock Swamp, known today as the “Pequot Swamp.” The Pequot Museum research team will present their latest research including a history of the final phase of the war fought in western Connecticut, maps of the battlefield site, and talk about the ways in which the event was commemorated in recent years.  This program is made possible through the support of the National Park Service. With additional thanks to the Southport Area Association and Pequot Runners.

Harry Audley in the Victorian Barn

Harry Audley in the Victorian Barn

In addition, the Victorian Barn, located on the historic Town Green behind the Museum, will be open from 2 to 4pm. Museum Docent and Early Agricultural Tools Expert Harry Audley will be on hand to teach visitors about 18th and 19th century agricultural practices and the variety of tools used to farm “the old-fashioned way.” Children will enjoy hands-on activities including a water pumping station.

For more information, call 203-259-1598 or visit Fairfieldhistory.org.

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