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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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  • 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 »