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Self-Guided Tour

Indigenous people?

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Greenhouse?

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1778 Homestead

The Mather Homestead was built in 1778 during the Revolutionary War. It became a Registered National Historic Landmark in 1963 and was included on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.

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The Well

The well served as the source of water for the house—as well as a crucial hiding place during Tory raids.

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The Garden

Designed by famed architect Walter Burleigh Griffin, this garden has evolved under the care of multiple generations of Mathers.

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The Cottage

Built in 1927, the cottage built here was replaced by a guest house in 1936, which still stands today.

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The Field

This field is the site of what was once a 100 acre self-sustaining farm managed by the Mather family which provided everything the family needed centuries ago.

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The Playhouse

Recently renovated, this playhouse serves as place of fun for generations past, present, and future.

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The Barn

The history of Mather barns goes back well over 100 years. The most recent iteration, the Elizabeth W. Chilton Education Center, was built in 2020.

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The Root Cellar

The root cellar was an essential component of a colonial farm in Connecticut.

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Stephen Mather

The grandson of Joseph Mather, Stephen was the first director of the National Park Service, and more than doubled the park system's land area.

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The End

Thank you for visiting the Mather Homestead!

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