The Mather Homestead attic is filled with mementos from 250 years of American life. Here are the untold stories from the home. 

Donn's Blog - Hidden Treasures
Docent Donn Smith has been poking around the Mather Homestead and he has found treasures abound! Check out his blogs which document his findings including momentos from 250 years of American life including a bible from 1743, a girl's dress from the 1860's, Stephen Mather's camera, and more.

The Story of the Mather Homestead as published in 1976  - Wednesday, July 24th

What Have They Talked About for 65 Years? - Monday, July 29th

Roots and Seeds - Wednesday, July 31st

If Wishes Were... - Monday, August 5th

Have You Seen This Man? - Wednesday, August 14th

She Wore Blue... - Monday, August 19th

Great-grandson of a Preacher Man - Monday, August 26th

In the Days Before Fortnite... - Monday, September 2nd

What Comes Up Must Come Down... - Monday, September 9th

A Look Back to That Middle Name... - Monday, September 30th

50 Years Ago This Year... - Monday, October 7th

Sometimes a Map Leads to a Chest... - Monday, October 14th

A Tie That Binds - Monday, October 21st

Was it really sheepskin? - Wednesday, March 18th

Rana's Shawl - Thursday, March 19th

A Second Cousin, A Notable First - Monday, March 23rd

The Brave Floy Women - Wednesday, March 25th

The Fabrics (and Follies) of Their Lives - Tuesday, March 31st

Lights, Camera - Monday, April 13th

From Field to Dreams - Wednesday, April 15th

Ten Stamps, One Special Delivery - Tuesday, April 22nd

Ahhh, Wilderness... - Friday, May 1st

The Iceman Cometh - Monday, May 4th

There Are Moments That Words Don't Reach - Friday, May 8th

The Ted Mack Family Hour - Wednesday, May 13th

Saturday in the Park with Eleanor - Friday, May 15th

Thank you Donn Smith for your research and blogs!

Gordon's Blog - The Story of the Mather Homestead
Docent Gordon Hastings has blogging since 2011 about books and subjects that he enjoys.  Lucky for us that the Mather Homestead is a subject he enjoys!  Check out more of his blogs at
It begins like this ....
Now that you are all sitting comfortably, I want to ask you to leave the 21st Century and go back with me 240 years and picture yourself here with Deacon Joseph Mather, son of Reverend Moses Mather, his wife Sarah and eight of their 11 children still living at home. One child is an infant, another just two years old. It is 15 degrees outside with a 25 mile per northeast wind blowing snow through tiny cracks in these walls and around the windows. Candles flicker, as there is no electricity. A fire glows in the hearth and in the pot above the hot coals is a rich stew which Sara prepared this morning and will be ready for an early dinner after Joseph and the oldest boys return from the barn following milking their four cows and making them safe for the night.  continue


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"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)