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Connecticut Women’s Heritage Trail
*Text from The Heritage Trail site, which appears to no longer exist in early 2020.
The Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame is the proud founder of a statewide program, the Connecticut Women’s Heritage Trail. The Women’s Heritage Trail is a constellation of fourteen museums and historic houses around the state committed to the interpretation of women’s history and culture. The women whose stories are brought to life on the Women’s Heritage Trail – both famous and less known – maintained homes and businesses, cared for children and the infirm, provided family income, initiated social reform, inspired creative endeavors, achieved artistic brilliance, and sometimes even became heroines. Discover the remarkable women in Connecticut history on the Connecticut Women’s Heritage Trail.
CTMQ Note: The Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame doesn’t exist in concrete and steel at this time.
The 14 Sites:
1. The Old State House, Hartford – I have no idea why it’s on this trail.
CTMQ Visit January 19, 2008
2. Thankful Arnold House of the Haddam Historical Society, Haddam – Thankful Arnold’s ghost leads tours through the house and tells the life story of her, her daughter and granddaughter, which begins in 1794. (Note, that sentence is from the Heritage Trail site and having done the tour, I was led by a human being, not a ghost.)
CTMQ visit June 14, 2008
3. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford – The Stowe Center’s mission is to preserve and interpret Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Hartford home and the Center’s historic collection. On that score, they do a great job – CTMQ visit September 25, 2010
4. Martha A Parsons House, Enfield – Martha A. Parsons was the first female business executive in Connecticut to earn her position by merit. She was Executive Secretary for the Landers, Frary, and Clark Company in the early part of the 20th-century. It’s an incredibly well-preserved museum. CTMQ visit, July 2017
Bush-Holley Historic Site, Greenwich – Located on the historic Cos Cob Harbor and home to Connecticut’s first art colony.
Prudence Crandall Museum, Canterbury – The site of New England’s first academy for African-American girls, established in 1833.
The Windham Textile and History Museum, Willimantic – Dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the history and heritage of the American textile industry.
Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington – A National Historic Landmark, Hill-Stead is an outstanding example of Colonial Revival domestic architecture designed by Theodate Pope Riddle.
Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme – Thanks in large measure to “Miss Florence” Griswold, what is known today as the Florence Griswold Museum has, for more than a century, been the home of the Lyme Art Colony, America’s center of Impressionism.
Birdcraft Museum and Sanctuary, Fairfield – Founded in 1889 by Mabel Osgood Wright, part of the Connecticut Audubon Society.
New Canaan Historical Society Hanford-Silliman House, New Canaan – Illustrates a number of the economic roles women played over time: waitress, cook, boarding house keeper and heiress.
Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, Norwalk – This Museum recreates lives led on different economic scales during the height of the Victorian era.
Webb-Dean-Stevens Museum, Wethersfield – The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum promotes understanding of colonial life and its enduring influence in the lower Connecticut River Valley through the preservation and interpretation of the Museum’s buildings, collections, and grounds.
Osborne Homestead Museum, Derby – The Osborne Homestead Museum encompasses the house and grounds of the former Frances Osborne Kellogg Estate.
Holley-Williams House, Lakeville – Learn about the role women played in the great American issues of the 19th century. This place closed in 2009. I still wrote about it though.