Wonderful day at the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, CT with my two students - It was a quiet day. A few passers-by - we enjoyed the warm light that peaked over the ivy covered wall. The light framed the colorful purples, blues and violet color flowers so nicely in this elegant sunken garden. The garden with a extra long gazebo sits directly across from the main entrance of the Hill-Stead Estate.
Afterwards we made our way inside to tour the home which was designed by Theodore Pope Riddle and her father. Theodore is one of the first female architects in America. She attended Miss Porter's boarding school, fell in love with Farmington CT and convinced her parents to move there from Chicago. At one point they ended up purchasing over 3000 acres of land in the area. Such a wonderful and fascinating story of this family, their home, their hospitality, their amazing art collection and now a museum for everyone to enjoy! We are so fortunate here in Connecticut to have folks willing to invest, preserve and share our state's history.
Just a little thought.... in my little mind... but what if more people took the time to learn, appreciate and enjoy all the fascinating history that surrounds us... right in our own backyard... maybe it would give them a fresh perspective, maybe we could just forget about the not so good news that can just drag us down and learn to fall in love with our quaint little charming New England state.... I have!
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