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Bringing History to Life!

The Mather Homestead, Darien's only Registered National Historic Landmark, is a historic home and property on the four corners of Brookside and Stephen Mather Roads. The home was built in 1778 by Deacon Joseph Mather, raided by Tories during the Revolutionary War, and later the home of Stephen Tyng Mather, an avid conservationist and the first Director of the National Park Service. The house was enjoyed by seven generations of Mathers until 2017, when the home was generously donated by Mather descendants to a newly created foundation to be operated as a museum dedicated to historical education.

 

The Mather Homestead is rich in history and open for public education and enjoyment. Come visit us!

The Mather Homestead Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, oversees the Mather Homestead.  

The Mather Homestead is Darien's only Registered National Historic Landmark

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Stephen Tyng Mather (1867-1930)
First Director of the National Park Service
Owner of the Homestead 1906-1930

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Lunch Bunch with the Interns!
    Lunch Bunch with the Interns!
    Mon, Jun 03
    The Mather Homestead
    Jun 03, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:45 PM
    Jun 03, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:45 PM
    Darien and New Canaan High School Seniors and MH Interns will lead lunch bunch fun Monday, June 3 through Thursday, June 6. 12:00 to 1:45. Games, crafts, learning and fun! Reco for ages 4 to 6.
  • Connecticut Open House - join us for a tour!
    Connecticut Open House - join us for a tour!
    Sat, Jun 08
    The Mather Homestead
    Jun 08, 2024, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Jun 08, 2024, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    The Mather Homestead will participate in Connecticut's 20th Open House Day. Come visit for a (free!) tour of our newly restored 1778 home, Darien's only Registered National Historic Landmark!
  • Plein Air at the Mather Homestead June 8 to June 15 - please RSVP for lunch on June 11th!
    Plein Air at the Mather Homestead June 8 to June 15 - please RSVP for lunch on June 11th!
    Tue, Jun 11
    Mather Homestead Barn
    Jun 11, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Jun 11, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Artists and aspiring artists are invited to enjoy the Mather Homestead property from June 8 through June 15. Come to paint, draw, photograph and be inspired!! We will have iced tea and snacks available every day. Lunch event on Wednesday, June 11th! Raindate June 12th. Please RSVP!
  • Brown Bag lecture featuring Artscapades:  American Portraiture
    Brown Bag lecture featuring Artscapades:  American Portraiture
    Tue, Jun 11
    Mather Homestead
    Jun 11, 2024, 12:30 PM
    Jun 11, 2024, 12:30 PM
    Artscapades returns to the Homestead for a lecture about American Portraiture. They will focus on well known artists such as John Singleton Copley, as well as a discussion of the portraits in the 1778 Mather home. BYO lunch, we’ll supply the dessert and drinks! Plein Air artists attend for free.
  • Plein Air painting workshop with Lisa Thorén
    Plein Air painting workshop with Lisa Thorén
    Tue, Jun 11
    Mather grounds
    Jun 11, 2024, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Jun 11, 2024, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Join us expert painters and novices alike for painting at the Mather Homestead! Lisa Thoren will help us to improve our painting from wherever we are starting. Be inspired by the beautiful Mather outdoors! Beverages and snacks to fortify you!
  • The Pink Rhubarb Summer Workshops for Kids - Weeks TBD
    The Pink Rhubarb Summer Workshops for Kids - Weeks TBD
    Mon, Jun 17
    The Mather Homestead
    Jun 17, 2024, 7:00 PM – Aug 01, 2024, 11:00 PM
    Jun 17, 2024, 7:00 PM – Aug 01, 2024, 11:00 PM
    The Pink Rhubarb returns to the Mather Homestead with summer workshops featuring cooking, gardening and crafts. Kids will learn essential skills in the kitchen, develop a green thumb in the garden, and explore the beautiful Mather Homestead property. Mixed ages 4 to 13. Hi
  • Outdoor Photography with Katharine Calderwood
    Outdoor Photography with Katharine Calderwood
    Wed, Jun 19
    Start in the MH Barn!
    Jun 19, 2024, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Jun 19, 2024, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    The national parks are simply spectacular and you can capture the beauty even with your iPhone! Whether you're planning a trip to a stunning park or simply want to capture the beauty of Darien’s local parks and beaches, this hands-on workshop will elevate your landscape photography.
  • Summer Solstice
    Summer Solstice
    Sat, Jun 22
    The Mather Homestead
    Jun 22, 2024, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Jun 22, 2024, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
  • Poetry with Samantha:  Poetry in the Parks
    Poetry with Samantha:  Poetry in the Parks
    Wed, Jun 26
    Mather Homestead patio (rain go away)
    Jun 26, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Jun 26, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    The National Park Service launched a project in March: "You Are Here: Poetry in Parks." This initiative will feature site-specific poetry installations in seven national parks.  We will be discussing the seven featured poems with Samantha over three sessions.
  • Outdoor Skills 101 Workshop for Kids!
    Outdoor Skills 101 Workshop for Kids!
    Sat, Jun 29
    Mather outdoors!
    Jun 29, 2024, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Jun 29, 2024, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Outdoor expert Will Heyne will be here to teach kids the essential skills required to explore the great outdoors, including orienteering (learning to use a map and compass), building a campfire - plus the basics like what to pack and safety protocols. Be prepared to hike and explore the MH outdoors!
  • Music at Mather:  Griffin House takes the Mather Stage (lawn!)
    Music at Mather:  Griffin House takes the Mather Stage (lawn!)
    Sun, Jun 30
    Mather Homestead lawn
    Jun 30, 2024, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
    Jun 30, 2024, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
    We are thrilled to welcome American singer-songwriter and storyteller, Griffin House, to the Mather Homestead for a concert on the lawn! Touring and making records for over 20 years, House has a discography that includes over 13 albums. His music is described as "rootsy, atmospheric Americana".
  • Book Club with Samantha:  Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Wolfe
    Book Club with Samantha:  Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Wolfe
    Wed, Jul 17
    Mather Homestead patio
    Jul 17, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Jul 17, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Join our literary guru, Samantha Gault, for a discussion of "Mrs Dalloway," one of Virginia Woolf's best known novels published in 1925. It details a day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway, a fictional upper-class woman in post-First World War England.
  • Mather Kids:  Writers Workshop
    Mather Kids:  Writers Workshop
    Mon, Aug 05
    The Mather Homestead
    Aug 05, 2024, 9:00 AM – Aug 09, 2024, 12:00 PM
    Aug 05, 2024, 9:00 AM – Aug 09, 2024, 12:00 PM
    Writing workshop inspired by 18th & 19th century poets, storytellers, letter writers, journalists, nature writers, and travel writers. Samantha will lead kids through the process of writing -- selecting topics, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing their original work! Reco ages 8 to 13.
  • Fall Harvest Festival - sponsored by BMW of Darien
    Fall Harvest Festival - sponsored by BMW of Darien
    Sat, Oct 26
    The Mather Homestead
    Oct 26, 2024, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Oct 26, 2024, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    The Fall Harvest Festival is in its sixth year! Join us for hay rides, face painting, pumpkin decorating, crafts, games, cider & donuts, live music & a special visit from George Washington! Tickets - members: $15 adult/$10 child, non-members: $20 adult/$15 child.
  • Yoga with Mary Ann
    Yoga with Mary Ann
    Mon., Weds. 9:30 am
    Mather Barn
    Mon., Weds. 9:30 am
    Mon., Weds. 9:30 am
    Vinyasa style yoga in the barn. No class Pres. Day Week Feb 19 & 21.
  • Field Trip to the New York Historical Society
    Field Trip to the New York Historical Society
    Date and time is TBD
    New York
    Date and time is TBD
    Date and time is TBD
    In the works ... fall field trip to the New York Historical Society, New York's first museum which covers 400 years of history through groundbreaking exhibitions, outstanding collections, immersive films, and more. Stay tuned for details.
  • Exhibit: Stephen Mather and the National Parks
    Exhibit: Stephen Mather and the National Parks
    by appointment
    The Elizabeth W. Chilton Education Cntr
    by appointment
    by appointment
    Learn about the life and legacy of Stephen Tyng Mather (1867-1930), the first Director of the National Park Service and the owner of the Homestead from 1906 to 1930. Exhibit geared towards adults PLUS "kids corner" for kids of all ages. Open hours Thurs. 6 to 7:30, Sat. 11 to 1, Sun. 1 to 3
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