Boothe Memorial Park and Museum

Boothe Memorial Park and Museum, Stratford

Boothe Memorial Park and Museum

Boothe Memorial Park and Museum
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motorcar1
Dublin, Ireland7,926 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
Stratford was close to our hotel for our first night of USA 2019. Saw a flyer in our hotel in Milford for Boothe Memorial Park and Museum and decide to go there before heading to Mystic.
Unfortunately it was closed but we toured the site ourselves and peeked in windows. The grounds are really well kept and it looks like you can picnic there in the summertime. It has something for everyone including a aviary. We enjoyed about two hours here
Written May 4, 2020
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brandeesbunch
Stratford, CT42 contributions
Sep 2018 • Family
Ok, Boothe Park is a great area to visit, a public park that has a playground, handicap parking, a historic cemetary... And if you can connect up with the town, they do tours through the old homestead which has a lot to see, also carriage stables a blacksmith shop, chickens, a parakeet exhibit, gardens, even an old toll booth from the Merrit Parkway! Sometimes events are held here like their annual fall festival, and sometimes we just like to take the dogs walking (please clean up after yourselves!) Or the kids and I will go toll down the big hill! Also If you are into Pokemon, there are stops and gyms there too!
Written November 8, 2018
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Trafficman968
Orange, CT324 contributions
Hidden just above main street in the Putney Section of Stratford is a little park with a lot to do! Where do I start? Ok well the grounds are beautifully maintained. There are a few hills and some flats as well. In the summer they have a beautiful Rose Garden to Tour and view.They have some benches even some grills to use if you want to picnic. Stored on these grounds is a chapel and unique houses from all parts of the world. The original proprietors the Booth Brothers had unique taste for artchitecture and it shows on what use to be their property. When they passed pn they willed their estate to the town.The town has even stored here one of the Toll Booths that use be just over the Sikorsky Bridge in next store Milford on the Merrit Parkway.The booth is really cool. It doesn't end there folks. The have a playground, a house that host a local Model Train Club, a hall that host partys and weddings. In the summer the grounds are used to host Shakespeare Plays by a local theater company. Did I also mention Sled Ridding in the Winter as well. There is so much more but I will leave that up to you when you go visit. Check out Booth Memorial Park.
Written December 11, 2012
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Anna A
Stratford, CT23 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
Beautiful garden. Lots OF roses, peonies, A nice walk to relax with kids and small dogs. Nice back drop for Prom/party pictures.
Written January 8, 2020
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sullific
new haven, ct629 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
Having lived in southern Connecticut for 40 years, about 15 miles from this place, you would think I would've heard of it - especially since I used to get the CT Travel Magazine every year and check off all the places I'd seen. I don't ever remember seeing this place listed. Nor have I heard of it although I worked in neighbouring Milford for 20 years and had various reasons to visit Stratford.

It was, as many are saying here, a surprise. There are few places quite like it - it's like Connecticut's own very miniature version of the wildly eccentric House on the Rock in Wisconsin - eccentric owner leaves behind - oh, lots of things.

Like the miniature lighthouse (which used to be surrounded by water, and still could be, if...) The windmill. The clock tower. The redwood pagoda (incredibly unique and well-preserved).The Merritt toll booth plaza (which my husband, of course, had to testify to having driven through "many times"). The rose garden, the grounds, the aviary with its budgies, the chicken coop (little kids will find much to find fascinating). The grounds are well-kept, and the various structures also.

However, due to, I suppose, financial considerations, one can only see the outside of all these wonders. We were there on a holiday weekend. There were several patches of picnickers down the verdant hill towards the Housatonic (hidden behind a screen of tall trees) but also several people in the "attractions" area, and we were all peering into windows at the model trains, the Presidential house models, the main home (with its stained glass proclaiming it "The Oldest Homestead in America").

This is a place that could benefit from a fiscal shot in the arm, not to maintain it, which seems to be being done successfully, but to make it a better attraction. Please don't tell me about the fireplace, etc., in that wonderful redwood building and make it impossible for me to see it. I note that people commented that there are "open houses", but this was a holiday weekend with many interested people there, and no way to visit the museum/s.

There are some places that are better off left in their "natural" state, maintained but that's it, but this bills itself as a museum. The activities like blacksmithing mentioned here? Have a regular schedule, more frequently. The "dining hall"? Put in a little snack bar. Add a gift shoppette (evidently my husband saw something about one, but I didn't see anything...of course if there were a few items for sale in the museum/s, one wouldn't know). Put the water back around the lighthouse. Add a few more animals (attract those kids, and those young-at-heart who like to feed the ducks/bunnies/geese). Can that observatory be used? Or at least visited? Charge a fee for the tours, the snacks, the souvenirs; leave the picnic grounds, gardens and dog-walking free.

Maybe this is the hope of the city of Stratford; if so, I hope it comes to pass. As of now multitudes more people are visiting the Two Roads Brewery in that town than this unique site.

I can't imagine how wonderful this place would be with guided tours/activities - one could spend a lot of time here and learn a lot. If it truly is one of America's oldest homesteads, it deserves more attention. Alas, now I fear it will remain a jewel in the rough, and a relatively unknown one.
Written August 31, 2014
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Tricia Z
Fort Mill, SC45 contributions
Sep 2012 • Business
grounds awful, was there when there was a field trip with elementary kids, took a tour anyways and the people who where there to talk about the "houses" were rude and unfriendly especially to children during their field trip, 'staff' so on edge that the kids would touch something that it elevated the stress level. the whole experience is something I would love just to forget
Written April 16, 2013
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debdoms4ever
Stratford, CT4 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
My husband and I walked the grounds and relaxed. We enjoyed the beautiful flowers and nature. We ate a picnic lunch and just relaxed. Nice buildings to see.
Written September 3, 2019
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John Edward
Stratford, CT5 contributions
Aug 2019 • Solo
I go there often. Great energy and they care for the grounds. As a kid I tobogganed down the slopes, flew kites in spring and “Toll Booths” I believe the Booth Family were the gift to Stratford. I have pictures of my young daughter dancing around them when they first arrived.
Love that place...
Written September 3, 2019
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karendale w
Seymour, CT72 contributions
Aug 2019
Great Location for a large Gathering! Catered event, Clam Bake, complete with Steak & Lobster! Guest of my Wonderful son!
Written August 13, 2019
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Jo R
Stratford, CT7 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
This is a beautiful park- luscious grass, breath taking flowers but there is just something very creepy about it. Almost like there are ghosts of the past lingering around for justice? I’ll be doing some research to determine what is behind the cloud over this well cared-for park. Nevertheless, go check it out for yourself, let me know your take.
Written May 7, 2019
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