Wednesday, October 25, 2006

connecticut stop of the day

hill-stead museum

Hill-Stead has been a hub of activity since the Pope family first occupied their newly built country estate in Farmington, Connecticut. Here, from 1901 to 1946, in succession, Alfred and Ada Pope and their daughter Theodate, with her career-diplomat husband John Wallace Riddle, entertained many illustrious individuals—authors, artists, poets, academics and presidents. The Popes and Riddles also extended their hospitality to town folk and employed dozens of workers, among them Earnest Bohlen, butler to the family for nearly 60 years. Today, Hill-Stead is a 152-acre, 10-building museum and a National Historic Landmark.

lovely little museum in farmington - up on a little hill, right off of farmington avenue (route 4 i believe). the grounds are lovely as well. many activities throughout the year including poetry readings in the warmer months. check the newspapers and their website for upcoming events. it's worth a visit.

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