Huntington Homestead Museum, circa 1720, is the birthplace of Samuel
Huntington, a founding father. He was a signer of the Declaration of
Independence, President of the Continental Congress, President of the United
States under the ratified Articles of Confederation, and Governor of CT for
ten years (1786-96). Because of his achievements, it was designated a
National Historic Landmark in 1972.
The Homestead is owned and operated by the Governor Samuel Huntington Trust
since 1994. In the mission statement, The Trust is dedicated to preserving,
restoring, and interpreting the birthplace. It seeks to inform visitors of
the historical importance of Samuel Huntington in the young republic, as
well as to interpret architecture and life, rural society and economy, and
racial diversity in Eastern CT.
Recently a few grants were written to furnish the 18th century lean-to
(kitchen) and to have a museum sign made. This is our third year of running
monthly programs accurate to the mission statement. Examples this year
include Revolutionary War speaker programs, hearth cooking fundraising
events and programs, an early New England funeral re-enactment, and a
colonial CT Thanksgiving, 1786. Last year’s Thanksgiving program was very
successful and we hope for another great turnout this fall. We are in the
process of putting in a kitchen garden with accurate medicinal and culinary
herbs, vegetables, flowers and fencing.
We welcome you to visit if you’ve never done so before. Our programs are
educational and engaging. If you have visited before, please note that the
house construction is finally complete. The new/old paint colors are
appropriate circa 1812 and the Homestead looks different from what you
remember. We have entered into our third phase which is to become a
historical museum where you can see, touch, smell and occasionally even
taste our real New England past. Please call upon us.