The Mather Homestead Foundation maintains the Mather Homestead as a museum for the education of the public.  

We welcome school groups to tour the homestead and learn about its important role in our town and country's history.  

Visits will be catered to groups but will focus on the following:

Revolutionary War Times:  


Deacon Joseph Mather built the homestead as a refuge from the British.  Discover where treasures were hidden from the British during the war. 

Stephen Tyng Mather and the National Parks System:


Stephen Mather, great-grandson of Deacon Joseph Mather, was an environmentalist and the founder and first Director of our National Parks Service. Learn about the lasting impact his work has had on our country.

Eighteenth and nineteenth century living:


The Mather Homestead is largely untouched from earlier times when meals were cooked in the fireplace and animals grazed in the yard.


On April 22, 2018, Pastor Gary Morello gave a sermon on the the history of The First Congregational Church of Darien and its connection with the Mather Homestead, the home of Deacon Joseph Mather, the son of Reverend Moses Mather.  He honored the Mather's determination to stand up against the British and for what they believed was right.  Read an excerpt from his sermon 

© 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, 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)