HAPPENINGS AT THE HOMESTEAD

The Mather Homestead's events are designed to fulfill our mission of preserving the Homestead and property as a treasured place for public education and enjoyment.  JOIN US!

Our "happenings" include events for kids and adults:

Education:  lectures, book club, poetry, tours

Culture:  Art-at-Mather painting classes and Plein air weeks, Music-at-Mather Concerts

Homesteading 101 Workshops: flower arranging, embroidery, knitting, and more

Family Fun:  Fall Harvest Festival, A Visit from St. Nicholas, Mather Games

Enjoyment: Fall Barnraiser, Rosé and Roses in the Garden, Newcomers event

Mindfulness:  Yoga


UPCOMING EVENTS
  • Book Club for Kids:  Tory Hole
    Aug 31, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
    Darien, 19 Stephen Mather Rd, Darien, CT 06820, USA
    Join us for a discussion of Louise Hall Tharp's 1940 book set during the Revolutionary War. Recommended for ages 9 to 12. Pizza will be served! FREE
  • Scholars Lecture featuring Dayton Duncan, author of "The National Parks:  America's Best Idea"
    Sep 11, 3:00 PM
    Elizabeth W. Chilton Education Center, 19 Stephen Mather Rd, Darien, CT 06820, USA
    Mather-don't-miss event featuring award-winning author and documentary filmmaker best known for his collaborations with documentary maker Ken Burns. $55/$45 members
  • Barnraiser 3.0
    Oct 01, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    The Mather Homestead lawn, 19 Stephen Mather Rd, Darien, CT 06820, USA
    Join us for our third annual Barnraiser 3.0. Dinner and drinks under the stars picnic style. Plus we are thrilled to welcome Griffin House to the Mather stage! If you are unable to attend, please consider making a donation to fund our restoration projects by clicking on “RSVP” - thank you!
  • Modern patchwork quilting with Denyse Schmidt
    Oct 08, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    MH Elizabeth W. Chilton Education Center, 19 Stephen Mather Rd, Darien, CT 06820, USA
    Learn the art of hand-sewn improvisational patchwork quilting. No experience required! By the end of the workshop, you'll create one or more unique patchwork blocks to use for a pillow, a small wall-hanging, or a small quilt.
  • Become a Stephen Mather Junior Ranger!
    Oct 09, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
    MH Elizabeth W. Chilton Education Center, 19 Stephen Mather Rd, Darien, CT 06820, USA
    Learn about our National Parks System, consisting of 63 National Parks, and Stephen Tyng Mather, the first director of the National Park Service. Each participant will receive a Stephen Mather badge. Recommended for 3rd to 6th grade. $25/$15 members
  • Fall Harvest Festival
    Oct 22, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    The Mather Homestead, 19 Stephen Mather Rd, Darien, CT 06820, USA
    After a two year covid hiatus, the Fall Harvest Festival is back and even better! Stay tuned for more details
  • Night at the Museum!
    Oct 28, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Darien, 19 Stephen Mather Rd, Darien, CT 06820, USA
    After the sun sets and the lights dim, tour the Homestead by candlelight - spooky basement and attic included! Then test your knowledge by playing "Escape the Tories". If you are lucky enough to escape, enjoy pizza and s'mores. Recommended for ages 8 to 12.
  • Family Visit to Weir Farm
    Oct 30, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Weir Farm National Historic Park, Wilton, 735 Nod Hill Rd, Wilton, CT 06897, USA
    Field trip! We'll head over to the closest National Park to the Mather Homestead: Weir Farm National Historic Park.
  • American Farmstead Cheese & Wine Education and Tasting with Plum Plums Cheese
    Nov 10, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    MH Elizabeth W. Chilton Education Center, 19 Stephen Mather Rd, Darien, CT 06820, USA
    Learn about (and taste!) American cheeses & wine from the experts at Plum Plums. $85/$75 members
  • Homesteading 101 Workshop:  Holiday Greenery
    Nov 30, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    MH Elizabeth W. Chilton Education Center, 19 Stephen Mather Rd, Darien, CT 06820, USA
    Create your very own holiday wreath or centerpiece. We provide all the materials -- plus a holiday cocktail or two for inspiration. Bring clippers please! $95/85 members
  • Homesteading 101 Workshop:  Holiday Greenery
    Nov 30, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
    MH Elizabeth W. Chilton Education Center, 19 Stephen Mather Rd, Darien, CT 06820, USA
    Create your very own holiday wreath or centerpiece. We provide all the materials -- plus a holiday cocktail or two for inspiration. Bring clippers please! $95/$85 members
  • A Visit from St. Nick!
    Dec 10, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    MH Barn, 19 Stephen Mather Rd, Darien, CT 06820, USA
    St. Nicholas returns for a visit with good girls and boys in the Mather Homestead barn. Crafts,
  • An Evening at the Mather Tavern!
    Feb 10, 2023, 7:00 PM
    MH Elizabeth W. Chilton Education Center, 19 Stephen Mather Rd, Darien, CT 06820, USA
    Tavern Food + Tavern Drink + Tavern History + Tavern Games = Tavern Fun $95/$85 members
  • CT Summer at the Museum - free tours for children and caregivers
    Ongoing all summer!
    The Mather Homestead, 19 Stephen Mather Rd, Darien, CT 06820, USA
    Join us for a tour of the historic Mather Homestead on Darien's beautiful "four corners." Learn about how people lived in 1778, the raiding of the home by Tories during the Revolutionary War, and the life and legacy of Stephen Mather, the first Director of the National Park Service.
  • Yoga with Mary Ann
    Ongoing
    Mather Barn, 19 Stephen Mather Rd, Darien, CT 06820, USA
    Vinyasa style yoga in the barn.