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Boothe Memorial Park and Museum, Stratford

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History Museum
Boothe Memorial Park and Museum sits on a 32acre site in the Putney section of Stratford, Connecticut. Built about 1840 and remodeled in 1914, it is said to be "The Oldest Homestead in America," since it sits on the foundations of a 1663 house, and has been continuously occupied. Circa 1914 two brothers, David Beach Boothe and Stephen Nichols Boothe, created the Boothe Memorial Museum which maintains a collection of twenty architecturally unique buildings. Some of the structures include a carriage house, Americana Museum, miniature lighthouse, windmill, a clock tower museum, trolley station, chapel, and a blacksmith shop. The property became a public park owned by the town of Stratford in 1949.Boothe Memorial Park and Museum was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on May 1, 1985.ObservatoryThe BMAS Observatory was built in 1957 on the grounds of the park, located near the cemetery. The observatory features two telescopes: a 16-inch Cassegrain and 4 inch Unitron refractor.The observatory is open for public observing at 8:00 p.m. on the first and third Friday of each month.Putney chapelOriginally constructed in 1844 for Congregationalist services, the Putney Chapel was moved onto Boothe Park grounds in 1968 from a nearby location on Chapel Street. The chapel is officially non-denominational, handicapped accessible and can still be used as a place of worship or for events, being rentable by the day.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • A quiet creative step aside. With a village of unusual architecture and beautiful grounds this is a perfect in town get away if even for a short time. "Awesome" playground to quote my grandsons. There...  more »
  • This location is a treasure - but not open much! Many old buildings to tour - lovely gardens. Nice playground for the kids. Many picnic spots.  more »
  • we regularly take our grandchildren to boothe park. they have a play area with slides and the like for them. the grounds are fairly well kept, the buildings are very interesting to walk through, they ...  more »
Google
  • Great park with so much offered to do and see
  • Some interesting old buildings and outdoor art. A nice stop off the Merritt Parkway.
  • Great place to enjoy a little history
  • Nice park to visit in the Fall. Highlights of the park include, a colonial home built in the 1800's. It is (and has been for a while) open to the public for guided group tours. An appointment is needed. Also, they have the Merritt Parkway toll booth from when they had tolls on CT highways, which was 15+ years ago. Park also features a cemetery, old wind mill, a flower garden and nice views of the Housatonic river. If you go down the hill, a playground, baseball field and small picnic shelter can be found. Almost forgot to mention, wedding ceremonies can also be arranged at this park, (not sure how but it is really a lovely and quite place so I can see why people would want to.) and I have seen several on weekends when driving by. I would highly recommend visiting this park if your passing through town. Free parking, no fees. Roosevelt Forest is just 5 minutes away from this park. If you are looking for trails to hike, that is a great option. Interesting site, as well if your able to fall.
  • Neat place to explore!