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

Osborne Homestead in Ct
Osborne Homestead Museum & Kellogg Environmental Center

500 Hawthorne Avenue Derby, CT Phone: 203-734-2513

The Osborne Homestead Museum was a simple farmhouse built around 1840. It became the home after the Civil War to Wilbur Fisk Osborne and Ellen Lucy Davis Osborne. Frances Eliza Osborne (1876-1956), the last of their four children, inherited the family house and, in 1919, married Waldo Stewart Kellogg, a New York architect. A businesswoman and conservationist, Frances Osborne Kellogg deeded her 350-acre property to Connecticut to form Osbornedale State Park. The Museum’s grounds are landscaped with formal flower gardens, ornamental shrubs, and flowering trees.
Hours: Tours are offered, May-October, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Grounds open year-round Monday–Saturday 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Henry Whitfield State Museum

248 Old Whitfield Street Guilford, CT, 06437 Phone: 203-453-2457

Connecticut's oldest house (1639) and New England's oldest stone house, built as a minister's home and town stronghold, Colonial Revival restorations 1903 and 1930s. 17th- to 19th-century furnishings, museum shop, visitor center. National Historic Landmark.
Hours: January 2-April 26, Monday-Friday by appointment; May 1-December 15,Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $8; seniors and college students, $6; children age 6-17, $5.
Information: http://bit.ly/WRAwQd
Yale University

Information Center at 149 Elm Street New Haven, CT, 06510 Phone: 203-432-2300

This historic Ivy League University, founded in the 18th century offers walking tours of the campus. Many historic figures studied here, including Nathan Hale, President William Howard Taft and Noah Webster. Modern day Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton both spent time at Yale.
Hours: Tours daily, Monday-Friday, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 1:30 p.m.
Information: www.yale.edu/visitor/tours.html
Amistad Memorial

165 Church Street New Haven, CT, 06510 Phone:

Completed by Ed Hamilton in 1992, this monument pays tribute to the 53 Africans who escaped their slavery by overpowering the crew of the ship Amistad. The monument is located at the site of the old New Haven Jail, in which the Africans were kept during their initial arrest.
Shore Line Trolley Museum

17 River Street East Haven, CT, 06512 Phone: 203-467-6927

Ride vintage streetcars through scenic woods and wetlands. View exhibits on the trolley era and tour the trolley collection. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
< Hours: April, Sundays, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; May and September-November, Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Memorial Day-Labor Day, daily, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; late November-late December, Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $6; seniors, $5; children age 2-15, $3; under 2 free.
Information: http://shorelinetrolley.org/