Boothe Memorial Park and Museum, Stratford

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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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  • Decent place...very nice at Fall..the leaves are colorful. Restrooms are accessible. Would recommend this for picnics and even parties.  more »
  • Great place to spend the day! Bring a picnic basket, great surroundings, well maintained. Great asset to the Town of Stratford.  more »
  • I visited the Boothe Park. It was very peaceful and serene and the Rose garden was beautiful. I walked around and it was very safe.  more »
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  • I remember always coming to the park with my family. They had multiple playgrounds and farm animals that lived there. I've also been there on class trips to go behind the scenes and see all the historical aspects it has to offer. Now we go there to eat lunch sometimes and walk our dogs and I'm sad to say the town has let the property go a little. The park needs restorations and the buildings are never really open to the public. And most of the animals are gone. The park can be a beautiful, fun, and even an educational place and hopefully one day I hope it is restored.
  • Strange little park with interesting buildings. Cool little place to walk around. Has plaques with explanations of the buildings. Also a nice open space behind it to walk or picnic. Think there are actually benches somewhere down at the bottom of the hill. There is a little cemetery next door and a community center or some sort of hall right there too.
  • Very big and nice too Viste in the summer. Great place too meet people. Great place too walk. If you're a pokaman player. You'll love this place
  • Great place to take the kids for a run. There is also a lovely garden there. Wish the bathrooms by the playground were opened though.
  • This place is unknown to alot of people but the history here is amazing. Creepy and spooky all at the same time. Weird got really great EVPS here and some amazing ghostly pictures.
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