- Start at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, I-95 Exit 70. Ms. Griswold took in artists as boarders and inadvertently created an artists’ colony!
- Then head north on Rte. 9 to visit the Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Hartford, I-84 Exit 46. “The woman who started the Civil War” also wrote a how-to book on domestic living.
- Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, I-84 Exit 39 was home to Theodate Pope Riddle, architect and creator of Hill-Stead’s beauty, and daughter of its art collector. She was one of the first licensed architects in the US.
- The Holley-Williams House in Lakeville, Rtes. 41 & 44, a 19th century family museum, emphasizes the role of women. Stay at one of the inns in Lakeville and plan to take a walk on the Appalachian Trail before hitting the trail back home.
DRIVING TIP: Approximate driving distance between furthest points (1 & 4) is 85 miles.
Florence Griswold Museum
A National Historic Landmark, America’s best-known center of Impressionist painting, offers 11 beautifully landscaped acres along the Lieutenant River, an education center, a restored artist studio, gardens, and the 1817 Griswold House. The Krieble Gallery for American art, a riverfront gallery, features changing exhibitions.
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
1871 Victorian cottage, home of the author of the anti-slavery classic, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Grounds include gardens, 1884 Queen Anne-style Katharine Seymour Day house, Visitor Center. Guided tours of the Stowe House includes a visit to the Day House and admission to changing exhibitions. Children’s costume tours and seasonal garden tours. Museum shop, research library.
National Historic Landmark. Colonial Revival style house (1901) set on 150 acres with sunken garden. Collection of French Impressionist paintings, decorative arts and original furnishings. Hour-long guided tour.
Holley-Williams House Museum
19th-century family museum with emphasis on the role of women. Living history house tours, Holley pocket knife exhibit. Grounds include visitor center, ice-house, maze, outhouse, gardens, and medicinal plants.