Free History Live: At Home with the Howards
11 AM to 4 PM
1 PM to 4 PM
Do you fancy some time travel? On the weekend of
June 11-12, step into the 1810 home of Captain Nathaniel Howard and his wife Ann where yes,
you really CAN touch everything! The Captain and his wife will welcome you and introduce you to their cousins Anna and Samuel Bartlett who are helping them prepare for an upcoming family meal. A cozy fire will be crackling on the hearth as the smells of baked bread and hot mulled cider waft through the house.
Since the Howards' home has been furnished with reproductions of the items they would have used in their home, everything is hands-on. Explore the family's store where Captain Howard may try to sell you some luxury goods. You will be invited to participate and assist the activities of the household, including helping to prepare for a special dinner as Ann Howard shows off her plates and dinnerware. The Howards' four-poster canopy bed is a marvel of comfort and warmth, and Ann just might let you take a peek at treasures she has stored in her high chest. Mrs. Bartlett, Ann's cousin and the acknowledged cook in the extended family, will be delighted to share kitchen tips and recipes with you, while Samuel will have to be restrained from luring you into a game of cards or dice.
Enjoy the Strong-Howard House at your own pace, and ask lots of questions. Our four time-travelers are eager to welcome you into their world and invite you to "come as you can, stay as you will."
To tempt you further to visit, here is what audiences said about the performances of actors Susan Buchholz and Walter Mantani as Ann and Captain Nathaniel Howard last year:
"The best I've ever seen!"
"I loved the hands-on."
"Kids enjoyed it."
"I have been in the house before but seeing it in use by those who lived there made all the difference."
Both days are FREE.
The "At Home with the Howards" programs are funded by a Connecticut Humanities grant.