Mother’s Day weekend fun at CT Landmarks

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut Landmarks kicks off a season of fairies, Colonial spies and even a Downton Abbey Tea Party during Mother’s Day weekened. The non-profit organization brings history to life with many family friendly events all season long at their wonderfully preserved colonial homes.

Joining us Saturday on Good Morning Connecticut, Anne Marie Charland with the Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry, along with her daughter Molly in their tea party attire to tell us more about it.

Connecticut Landmarks is the largest state-wide heritage museum organization in Connecticut with nine homes across the state. The historic properties offer a glimpse into what daily life used to be like in Connecticut through engaging, hands on activities.

Charland tells us about the Downton Abbey tea party and which everyone is encouraged to come dressed in the themed attire. Sunday, May 8 come dressed in your Downton finest (or not) & let our butler & maid serve you a four course high tea at the first Nathan Hale Mother’s Day Downton Abbey tea party. It lasts from 2-4 p.m. It costs $25 per person; $20 CTL Members. Reservations required, register at (860) 742-6917 or

The also have another Mother’s Day tea party at the Phelps-Hathaway house in Suffield on Sunday. Young guests are welcome to don a period costume. A CTL membership makes a great Mother’s Day gift.

Saturday is the May Market at Phelps-Hathaway House in Suffield offering a plant sale, unique Mother’s Day gifts & local crafts.  Butler McCook will have Victorian-Era Yard Games, kid’s activities plus a Bushnell Park tour led by Dan Poland.

Tuesday, May 17th is their largest event of the season, the 6th Annual Garden Gala at Butler-McCook House with cocktails, music & food to benefit their educational programming.

CT Landmarks extremely popular enchanted Fairy Festival is at the Bellamy-Ferriday in Bethlehem on May 21st. They  have fairy godmothers, fairy house building, vendors, crafts and a parade. $2 off admission for anyone dressed as a fairy or other magical creature.

Tours of the homes by costumed guides are filled with details that really give visitors an idea what life was like for the owners. The gardens at all of the properties are beautiful places to explore. There are special activities for the kids, like playing traditional games and making crafts. The homestead kitchens prepare food from that time period to sample.

For more information and to register for the events, visit

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