Connecticut Landmarks’ Nathan Hale Homestead will present Tea with Elizabeth Hale on Saturday, May 11th at 4 pm in honor of Mother’s Day. Bring your mother or other to tea at the Nathan Hale Homestead and learn about 18th-century tea etiquette and stories from Nathan Hale’s birth mother who died when Nathan was just twelve years old. Enjoy an intimate tea party in the old kitchen, a part of the very room where Elizabeth rocked her son Nathan and eleven other babies. Enjoy treats similar to those that Elizabeth may have served to her guests in their modest home before the American Revolution. Admission is $12 per person / $10 CTL Members. Limited space available, please call (860) 742-6917 for reservations.
Homestead is open for regular tours from May through October. Hours are: May: Sat & Sun 12 – 4 pm; June – October 14th: Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, 12 – 4 pm, Sun 11 am – 4 pm; Oct 19th – 27th: Sat 12 – 4 pm, Sun 11 am – 4 pm. Open Memorial Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day. The Hale Homestead grounds are open year round from dawn to dusk. Admission is $7 for adults; $6 for students, teachers and seniors; $4 for children age 6-18; children under 6 and CTL members are free. Families – 2 adults with children – are $15; groups of 10 or more are $5 per person. For school groups and special curriculum-based programming, please call Beverly York, Site Administrator, at (860) 742-6917 or email, email@example.com. In addition, the Homestead hosts the Coventry Regional Farmers’ Market on Sundays, 11 am to 2 pm, June through October.
Nathan Hale Homestead is the birthplace of Connecticut’s State Hero, Nathan Hale, who was hanged as a spy during the Revolutionary War. The house, built in 1776, belonged to Nathan’s parents and family, and is located on the only site he ever called home. Its furnishings include several Hale family possessions and other collections amassed by Connecticut lawyer and philanthropist George Dudley Seymour, who purchased the Homestead in 1914 and began a program of restoration that is largely preserved today. The Hale Homestead is situated on 17 acres, adjoining the 1500-acre Nathan Hale State Forest, lending to the site’s substantial rural character.
Founded in 1936, Connecticut Landmarks is the largest statewide heritage museum organization in Connecticut. The historic landmark properties span four centuries of Connecticut history and include: the Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden, Bethlehem; the Butler-McCook House & Garden and Main Street History Center, Hartford; the Buttolph-Williams House, Wethersfield; the Hempsted Houses, New London; the Isham-Terry House, Hartford; the Nathan Hale Homestead, Coventry; the Phelps Hatheway House & Garden, Suffield. Connecticut Landmarks’ mission is to inspire interest and encourage learning about the American past by preserving selected historic properties, collections and stories and presenting programs that meaningfully engage the public and our communities. For more information, please visit www.ctlandmarks.org.