Connecticut Lafayette Trail: Lafayette’s Bicentennial Tour of Connecticut in 2024

August 7- September 8, 2024 Connecticut Welcomes Lafayette – AGAIN! A statewide calendar of events in honor of the Marquis de Lafayette. In 1824-1825, as part of a nationwide tour of the United States, Revolutionary War General, Marquis de Lafayette, passed through Connecticut making stops in twenty-six towns along the route. Although fifty years had passed since the close of the Revolutionary War, Lafayette was still revered by Americans and was greeted by thousands of citizens hoping to get a glimpse of the hero as he traveled through the state. Most historians believe that America could not have won the war without the help of the young French General and yet many Americans today know little about him. We hope that the efforts of our committee will educate and remind Connecticut residents of the life and work of this remarkable man. Lafayette visited 28 CT Towns in 1824 – click below to learn what happened in each town! For more information

Webb Deane Stevens Museum: Travel: Cape Ann & The North Shore

August 12-15, 2024 Enjoy four days exploring historic gems of Cape Ann and the North Shore of Massachusetts with Webb Deane Stevens Museum Executive Director Brenton Grom. The itinerary includes exclusive access to private residences and collections along with specially curated experiences at several landmark museums. Take in the stately charm of Castle Hill, the Crane family estate; tour the Thomas Riggs House with owner Barbara Lambert, a retired curator from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston; see the fine and decorative arts collections of renowned economist Dr. H. Woody Brock at his estate, Twin Quarries; and marvel at the color, texture, and sightlines at Beauport, the home of collector and interior designer Henry Davis Sleeper that inspired Henry Francis du Pont’s Winterthur. For more information

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The Importance of Being Furnished Exhibition: Eustis Estate: Milton

Eustis Estate 1424 Canton Ave, Milton

Through October 27, 2024 Friday - Sunday, 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The Importance of Being Furnished tells the stories of four New England homes and their creators, examining the pioneering role bachelor designers played in historic preservation, collecting, and professional interior design. From the Gilded to the Jazz ages, these so-called “artistic” men were as admired as they were suspect; praised as style leaders, they were also perceived – whether accurately or not – to be homosexual, a label with potentially dangerous consequences. Reflecting a wide range of bachelor style from this era, their houses include Codman Estate in Lincoln, Massachusetts, ancestral seat of architect Ogden Codman Jr. (1863-1951); Pendleton House at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, built to replicate the home of collector Charles Leonard Pendleton (1846-1904); Gibson House in Boston’s Back Bay, preserved by writer Charles Hammond Gibson Jr. (1874-1954); and Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House in Gloucester, Massachusetts, the eclectic masterpiece of interior decorator Henry Davis Sleeper (1878-1934). These men came of age at a pivotal moment for the American home. Transformed by the Anglo-American Aesthetic Movement, which prioritized art’s visual rather than its moralizing role, the home’s former aims – to raise a family and promote religious virtue – gave way to the “higher” calling of individual artistic expression. None proclaimed this approach more widely than Irish author Oscar Wilde (1854-1900). Calling upon the “youth of the land to reform American interiors, the writer conducted a year-long U.S. speaking tour in 1882 that included two stops in Boston; “The House Beautiful” was his most popular lecture. Following Wilde’s lead and defying their period’s expectation to become family men, these four homeowners developed a dazzling variety of style. In doing so, they heralded our own period’s insistence that a home should reflect its owner’s unique personality. – R. Tripp Evans, Guest Curator For more information