BARNRAISER!  September 19th - picnic style!

We look forward to celebrating the completion of our new "barn," the Elizabeth W. Chilton Education Center, on September 19th at 6:00 pm.  This event will be socially distanced - "picnic style" - with live gourmet boxed dinners from TOASTs, specialty cocktails from SoNo1420, wine from DB Wines in New Canaan, live music from Sweet Colleen and the Poor Excuses (bluegrass!) and fun!  The new barn will house lectures, school groups, art exhibits and more, enabling the Mather Homestead to reach its vision of becoming a preeminent center for historical education in Fairfield County.  Thank you to the Richard L. Chilton, Jr. Family, The Darien Foundation and the McPherson Family for making it possible.  Event limited to 100 people.  SOLD OUT.  EMAIL US for waitlist.  


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Yoga 🧘 at the Homestead, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:30 am this fall
Join us for a vinyasa flow class in the beautiful Mather Homestead barn led by instructor Mary Ann Freeman. This class is designed to make you feel lighter, longer and stronger!  Geared for all levels, whether you are new to yoga or have a practice already.  We will move through a creative sequence of foundational poses, emphasizing alignment and breathing techniques.  BYO mat and water.  $160 for series of eight classes.  Starts Wednesday, September 9th and Saturday, September, 12th.  Limited to 10 people for social distancing purposes.  Wednesday class FULL. If spots become available, we will offer individual classes at $25 each.  Secure your spot for Saturday Class.

How to Sketch Plein Air

Thursday, September 17, 4:30 - 6:00 pm


Learn the art of landscape painting! A special lesson on how to sketch plein air with Lisa Thoren. Creating outdoors, while working at a social distance, we will discover techniques to learn perspective, composition and values. Includes wine to help your creative inspiration :-).  

Limited to five people.   $50 per person.  Sign up.

Book Club:  History Take 2

Thursday, October 29, 7 pm


This coming year, we will explore the theme of “History, Take Two.” Our book selections will consider history through a variety of lenses, taking a second look at what we learned in school to help us better wrestle with the complex issues that we face in contemporary America. We will begin with Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas which was billed by The Guardian as a “fearless, brilliant history of racist thinking spanning 500 years.” As the year progresses, we will examine history from a variety of other perspectives including gender, class and more. Join us for these timely and provocative discussions. We are partnering with Barrett Bookstore on this series and hope you will support the community and shop local! 
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Scholar's Lecture featuring Rick Atkinson
POSTPONED .. stay tuned for new date


The Mather Homestead Foundation is excited to welcome bestselling author and pulitzer prize winner in both history and journalism, Rick Atkinson to the HomesteadLawrence Rush "Rick" Atkinson IV will discuss his latest book:  The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777, the first volume in the Revolution Trilogy. Other bestselling books include An Army at Dawn (winner of the Pulitzer Prize for history), The Day of Battle, The Long Gray Line, In the Company of Soldiers, and Crusade. His many other awards include the George Polk award, and the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award.  

Scholar's Lecture:  The National Parks, America's Best Idea

POSTPONED ... stay tuned for new date


Dayton Duncan is an Emmy award-winning writer and documentary film maker, best known for his stunning series The National Parks, America’s Best Idea. An artistic visionary who brings history to life through his books and film, he has been the creative partner of director, Ken Burns for over twenty years.
Duncan has been a consultant or writer/producer for the two most watched programs in PBS’s history, the documentary series The Civil War and Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery. Overall his impressive portfolio of films and books captures the heart and spirit of U.S. history and culture.  more
Lecture will take place in the NEW Elizabeth W. Chilton Education Center.  

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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)