The Mather Homestead was built in 1778 and owned by the Mather family through seven generations, until 2017 when it was donated to The Mather Homestead Foundation thanks to the generosity of the McPherson family.  The Mather Homestead is known for its important role during the Revolutionary War and also as the home of Stephen Tyng Mather, the founder and first Director of the National Park Service.  

Docent Gordon Hastings has researched the Mather family history and has much to tell - click here for more!

Docent Donn Smith has been busy in the attic!  click here to view his blogs!

2019 summer intern, Sarah McLaughlin, DHS Class of 2019, created our first exhibit using historical photos of the house, its inhabitants and Stephen Tyng Mather's time with the National Parks Service.  Sneak peek of the exhibit here! 


The Mather Homestead

Stephen Tyng Mather

Revolutionary Times

The homestead has been impeccably preserved over three centuries.  

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The most notable member of the Mather family, Stephen Mather, founded the National Park Service.

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The homestead was of particular importance during the Revolutionary War.  

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The Mather Homestead Foundation is dedicated to the preservation of the Mather House as a treasured historical place for education and enjoyment.  The Foundation appreciates donations which help us to fund the ongoing operations of the Mather Homestead.

The Mather Homestead Foundation is overseen by Executive Director, Lauren Swenson, and the Board of Directors:

Chair:  Richard L. Chilton, Jr.

Margot Congdon l Mia Cortellesi l Jennifer L. Foster l Andy Huntington l Kevin Peraino l Heather Raker l  Penny Rashin l  Kevin Treesh l Carolyn Woodberry l Maeve Zamsky


© 2017 by The Mather Homestead Foundation. 

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19 Stephen Mather Road, Darien, CT  06820

Mailing address:  PO Box 1054, Darien, CT  06820

info@matherhomestead.org, 203-202-7602

"He laid the foundation of the National Park Service, defining and establishing the policies under which its areas shall be

developed and conserved unimpaired for future generations. There will never come an end to the good that he has done."            

-Louis C. Cramton, referring to Stephen T. Mather (1867-1930)