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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  • August 8, 2017
    Great place to spend the day! Bring a picnic basket, great surroundings, well maintained. Great asset to the Town of Stratford.  more »
  • July 12, 2017
    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 »
  • July 10, 2017
    Walked thru the wonderful buildings and came upon the pretty rose garden .The yellows and reds , what a peaceful and beautiful place, Great for wedding pictures too. So many different views.  more »
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  • May 21, 2017
    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.
  • July 3, 2017
    MY daughter was married at the park. The grounds were clean and well kept. The rose garden especially was very well maintained.
  • June 3, 2017
    Great place to visit. Interesting building, playground for kids. Peaceful place to enjoy your coffee. Model Train museum, Blacksmith shop and a nice Rose Garden.
  • May 16, 2017
    History peaceful trees walking with loves ones or your dog family nice get away !
  • May 22, 2017
    The most interesting but and unusual mysterious place in Connecticut.

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