Historic Homes & Gardens You Need to Tour Last Updated 11/17

Old houses have treasures to find and secrets to uncover, and in Connecticut, there are over four centuries of homes to explore. Some were home to well-known historic figures, like Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Others were built by individuals who became larger than life, such as actor William Gillette’s “castle” on the Connecticut River and dictionary namesake Noah Webster’s West Hartford birthplace. Still others house amazing art collections or are surrounded by lush, expertly-tended gardens. You’ll find dozens of these historic houses, many of which are National Historic Landmarks, all over the state—and each has a story to tell.

The Colonial Days

In the 1700s, Connecticut was at the forefront of the new nation’s fight for independence. Nicknamed “the provision state” by General George Washington, Connecticut was the site of several decisive battles during the Revolutionary War. Today, there are homes throughout the state that have a fascinating military heritage, as well as others that blazed new trails in arts and culture. You’ll find even more to explore with this list of colonial house museums to tour in southeastern Connecticut.

 

20th Century Works of Art

Artists, and art collections, played a large role in early 20th century Connecticut. From wealthy industrialists looking to build a house for their collections to colonies of artists working and living together to create a distinctly American art form, estates and homesteads took on a distinctive look alongside this greater purpose. Today, many of these homes have been restored to their original, and often very unique glory.

 

Stay for a Spell

Want to sleep in an old house?  Check into one of our historic B&BS and Inns, many of which date back to colonial times and offer a cozy and uniquely Connecticut experience.