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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  • Love this place. I usually just mill about the toll booths and talk to myself. They say this place is haunted.
  • I often come here for lunch and I love sitting underneath the old toll booths while I nom on my sandwich. Plenty of places to walk, relax, and to enjoy The Eclectic nature of the park. There is a playground here from a little ones and they do have picnic shelters available for reservation.
  • I like the upper portion of the park. Has historic look and has the last Toll Booth in CT intact on the premises. Not a great place for a walk as it is very hilly. The kids swings are gone which is too bad, and the little pond is too over grown to see anymore. The pavilions are in good shape if you are looking for that
  • Train museum is great. Wish they took better care of the playground down the hill better. It's washed away so much there's big drops off the slides. And I wish they opened the buildings more often. They're cool to look into though for s casual walk.
  • Great place to bring the family for some historical facts and information about both Stratford and Connecticut in general. I would not say you would want to spend the whole day here, but definitely a fun and interesting place to go for a few hours.

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