The Last Woman Standing

An Appreciation of Betsey Mather Bell Lockwood

Party like it’s 1778…

175th Anniversary Celebration at the 

Mather Homestead   September 12, 1953


In the Mather attic is a scrapbook simply titled “175 Reunion 

Data.”  Within the scrapbook, a wealth of materials offer us a 

glimpse at the planning, preparation, and celebration of the 

Homestead at its dodransbicentennial— its 175th birthday. 


Invited to this event were “…You who are descendants of Deacon 

Joseph Mather and Sarah Scott, his wife…” Hosted by Bertha and 

Ed McPherson, the event drew more than 100 guests to the




Homestead for the celebration. 



At the ceremony that afternoon a letter from Charles Selleck,

a grandson of Deacon Joseph Mather was read.  The letter had 

previously been read at both the 100th and 150th anniversary

 of the Homestead (Centennial and Sesquicentennial for those 

keeping score.)  He wrote…


       “We, at the close of a hundred years, are gathered here 

         around the hearth stone and the old family homestead 


L-R. Ed McPherson, Bertha McPherson, Mrs. A

     Gillette, William Seeley, Rev. George Tuttle



         where everything awakens memories of the past – we 


         have come here today to honor your memory – to drink 

         in afresh the spirit of olden time…”







That perhaps captures the Homestead’s mission now and the 

opportunity it offers visitors—“to drink in afresh the spirit of 

olden time…”

All of this which should put us on notice for 2028—the 

       175th Anniversary Attendees by the Well


Homestead’s Sestercentennial---250 years!

© 2017 by The Mather Homestead Foundation. 

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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)