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Farmington, CT is a residential suburb in the Hartford Metropolitan area that has retained its distinctive character through maintenance of its historic district and careful land use planning for the future. From the Farmington Valley Greenway where you can walk or bike the scenic trails, to first class art at the Hill-Stead Museum, there are numerous activities for both residents and visitors to Farmington.

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Associations

Farmington Valley Visitors Association » - official website of the Farmington Valley Visitors Association - a membership-based, non-profit tourism destination marketing agency.


Farmington River Watershed Association » - The FRWA is a citizen-based, non-profit 501©(3) organization at the forefront of restoration and conservation issues such as water quality, water allocation, recreational usage, open space, and wetland and floodplain protection.
FRWA's Lower Farmington River & Salmon Brook Wild & Scenic Study Website
FRWA's Lower Farmington River & Salmon Brook Wild & Scenic Poster
FRWA's Lower Farmington River & Salmon Brook Wild & Scenic Presentation


Hotels & Inns

  • The Centennial Inn Suites
    5 Spring Lane,
    Farmington, CT 06032
    Phone: (860) 677-4647
  • Courtyard Marriott
    1583 Southeast Road,
    Farmington, CT 06032
    Phone: (860) 521-7100
  • The Farmington Inn
    827 Farmington Ave,
    Farmington, CT 06032
    Phone: (860) 677-2821
  • The Hartford Marriott Farmington
    15 Farm Springs Rd.,
    Farmington, CT 06032
    Phone: (860) 678-1000
  • The Homewood Suites Hotel
    2 Farm Glen Boulevard,
    Farmington, CT 06032-1056
    Phone: (860) 321-0000


Museums

Hill-Stead Museum


Hill-Stead Museum, designated a National Historic Landmark in 1991, is an outstanding example of Colonial Revival domestic architecture set on 152 acres of fields and woodlands. The Museum houses outstanding works by Monet, Manet, Degas, Cassatt and Whistler, which are shown with the furnishings and decorative arts as they were when the Pope and Riddle families were in residence (1901-1946). The main house is complimented by a Sunken Garden with period plantings restored after the original Beatrix Farrand design. Hill-Stead Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday for house tours: May through October from 10am to 5pm, and November through April from 11am to 4pm. Guided tours begin every half hour; the last tour begins one hour before closing. Admission is charged. On the first Sunday of each month, the Museum invites visitors to tour the house at their own pace. Hill-Stead Museum is located off route I-84 at exit 39. Follow route 4 to the second light, turn left onto route 10 South. At next light, turn left onto Mountain Road. The Museum entrance is at 35 Mountain Road.

Address: 35 Mountain Rd., Farmington, CT 06032
Phone: (860) 677-4787
Email: hillstead@hillstead.org
Web Site: www.hillstead.org


Historical Society Office


Founded in 1954 to study and teach Farmington history, the Historical Society collects and preserves documents and artifacts related to local history. The Society maintains two 18th century cottages located at 138 and 140 Main Street, Farmington. One of the cottages serves as the Society headquarters where meetings are held, as well as exhibits and the annual tag sale. The Society also maintains the 1790 Stone Schoolhouse at 93 Coppermine Road (intersection of Red Oak Hill Road). The schoolhouse is open to the public on Sundays in July and August. It is also the site of the annual Scarecrow Contest held in October. For more information, call or go to our website.

Address: P.O. Box 1645, Farmington, CT 06034
Phone: (860) 678-1645
Web Site: www.farmingtonhistoricalsociety-ct.org


Old Stone Schoolhouse


The Old Stone (West District) schoolhouse is a museum of local history operated by the Farmington Historical Society.

Address: 93 Coppermine Rd (at Red Oak Hill Roads), Unionville, CT 06085
Hours: Sundays in July and August
Phone: (860) 674-9931


Lewis Walpole Library


The Lewis Walpole Library is a research library for eighteenth-century studies and the prime source for the study of Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill. Its collections include significant holdings of eighteenth-century British books, manuscripts, prints, drawings, and paintings, as well as important examples of the decorative arts. Housed in an historic frame house in Farmington and given to Yale by Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis and Annie Burr Lewis, the Lewis Walpole Library is a department of Yale University Library, open to researchers by appointment. The Library draws from its own collection to mount two exhibitions each year. The exhibitions are free and open to the public during gallery hours: Wednesdays, 2 - 4:30 p.m. These exhibitions may also be viewed during tours of the Library by appointment.

Address: 154 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032
Hours: Open by appointment Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Tuesday 9 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. The Library is closed on University holidays. The exhibition gallery is open Wednesdays, 2-4:30 p.m. when exhibitions are on view. No appointment is required.
Phone: (860) 677-2140
Fax: (860) 677-6369
Email: walpole@yale.edu


Stanley-Whitman House


The Stanley-Whitman House, at 37 High Street, was built by Deacon John Stanley in 1720, and opened as a museum in 1935. The House was named a National Historic Landmark in 1961 and remains one of the best known examples of early New England framed architecture. Recently restored, the house embodies the styles of both the 17th and 18th centuries. Constructed around the massive central chimney, the House features an overhanging second story with four pendant drops across the front. A lean-to, added across the back in the middle 1700's gives it the traditional New England saltbox shape. The Stanley-Whitman House preserves and interprets the history and culture of 18th-century Farmington. The House is a focal point for educational programs and special events designed to showcase the everyday lives of colonial Farmington residents. Adults and children enjoy open-hearth cooking, candle-making, spinning, weaving, and other colonial activities during special events. The House offers a glimpse into colonial life which can help to make the present and future more meaningful. The Sampler Gift Shop offers educational materials, cards, toys, and books on the history, gardens, clothing, crafts and decorative arts of the 18th century. The Stanley-Whitman House is a tax-exempt, non-profit educational institution, owned and operated by the Farmington Village Green and Library Association.

Address: 37 High St., Farmington, CT 06032
Phone: (860) 677-9222
Hours: Wednesday - Friday  9 A.M. to 4 P.M. Saturday and Sunday 12 P.M. to 4 P.M.
Email: information@stanleywhitman.org
Website: www.stanleywhitman.org
Admission charge


Unionville Museum


Housed in a restored Andrew Carnegie free public library building (the original West End Library) built circa 1917, the Unionville Museum opened in 1984 on the 150th anniversary of the federal government's official "naming" of Unionville. Through its collection and carefully researched thematic exhibits, the Unionville Museum brings together and celebrates the people, places and events that make Unionville unique. The Museum presents three exhibits a year, prints an annual historic calendar, sponsors annual vintage car parades and Ham and bean suppers, so-sponsors eight public summer band concerts in the nearby gazebo, and participates in other community activities.

Address: 87 School St., Unionville, CT 06085
Hours: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Phone: (860) 673-2231
Web Site: www.unionvillemuseum.org
Admission: Free
Friends of the Unionville Museum membership rates: Student or Senior Citizen, $5.00; Individual, $10.00; Family, $15.00; Supporting, $25.00; Corporate, $50.00




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