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Historic homes in Litchfield, Connecticut, bring state's past to life

Bellamy-Ferriday House and Garden

9 Main Street Bethlehem, CT, 06751 Phone: 203-266-7596

Once the home of Bethlehem's first minister, the house was built in 1754, and is filled with American and European antiques. In addition to the 1754 home, the property also features a formal parterre garden, with a collection of roses, peonies, and lilacs. Call ahead to reserve tours for 10 people or more.
Hours: May through October, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $7; students, teachers and seniors, $6; children age 6-18, $4.
Information: http://bit.ly/nsGyfo

Buell Road Litchfield, CT Phone: 860-567-5694

Historic mansion offers summer tours; grounds for walking, picnicking, sledding

This state property includes the home of Edith Morton Chase, who built this English Tudor style house in 1925, under the direction of architect Richard Henry Dana, Jr. Fine craftsmanship and use of materials like cypress, oak, terra cotta tiles, and stucco, along with an eye for detail and tasteful wealth are on display throughout the house. It is furnished with 17th- and 18th-century English country antiques. Guided tours of the house are offered June through October of the second and fourth weekends of the month, noon to 5 p.m. Reservations are not needed. Picnicking on the grounds is welcome.
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Danbury Railway Museum

120 White Street and Patriot Drive Danbury, CT, 06810 Phone: 203-778-8337

This museum is set in Union Station, restored to its appearance as it was in 1903. Inside visitors will find antique railroad cars, railroad artifacts and memorabilia, and changing exhibits. Train rides of varying lengths are scheduled throughout the year; some celebrate holidays, with festive themed rail cars.
Hours: June-august, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. September-May, Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $6; children age 5-12, $4.
Information: www.danbury.org/drm/

Keeler Tavern Museum

132 Main Street Ridgefield, CT, 06877 Phone: 203-438-5485

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. British cannonball embedded in its exterior, souvenir of 1777 battle. Late 18th-century furnishings; guides in Colonial costume. Garden with reflecting pool. Gift shop.
Hours: February-December,Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 1-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $5; seniors, $3; children under age 12, $2.
Information: http://keelertavernmuseum.org/directions/

The Connecticut Freedom Trail is list of over 60 historic locations throughout the state. Each location played an important role in the African-American journey from slavery to freedom in Connecticut. Places in addition to those listed on the Amistad Trail include historic homes, churches, graves, monuments, and sites on the Underground Railroad.