FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Many local historic properties in and around the Fairfield Museum & History Center will be open on Saturday, June 11, for Connecticut Open House Day.
Step into the Victorian Barn on the historic Town Green, visit the 1750 Ogden House or attend a lecture on the “Pequot Swamp Fight” Battlefield Project. All activities are free.
At the 1750 Ogden House, located at 1520 Bronson Road, there is a Revolutionary War encampment and tours of the house and garden. There is free admission all day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Outside in the Colonial Kitchen Garden, learn about colonial era plants, the importance of beekeeping and take part in garden activities led by the Fairfield Garden Club.
Learn about the experiences of the militia during the American Revolution with costumed historical interpreters and a soldier’s encampment. See what a soldier had to carry, what a wool uniform might feel like and practice a militia drill formation.
At the Fairfield Museum & History Center, 370 Beach Road, visitors will be granted free admission all day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, there will be a free presentation about the Pequot Swamp Fight Battlefield Project at 1 p.m.
Ashley Bissonnette and David Naumec from the Mashantucket Pequot Museum will discuss the Fairfield Museum & History Center’s newly awarded National Park Service Battlefield Grant to study the final battle of the Pequot War (1636-1637).
The last battle of the war was fought in present-day Southport between July 13-14,1637, at Munnacommock Swamp, known today as the “Pequot Swamp.” The Pequot Museum research team will present their latest research including a history of the final phase of the war fought in Western Connecticut.
In addition, the Victorian Barn, located on the historic Town Green behind the Museum, will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. Museum Docent and Early Agricultural Tools Expert Harry Audley will be on hand to teach visitors about 18th and 19th century agricultural practices and the variety of tools used to farm "the old-fashioned way."
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