2016 House and Garden Tour
July 17, 11:00am - 3:00PM
“Fare you well, old house! you’re naught that can feel or see,
But you seem like a human being’—a dear old friend to me;
And we never will have a better home, if my opinion stands,
Until we commence a-keepin’ house in the house not made with hands.” (Will Carleton)
Do you like antique homes, contemporary gardens, fascinating stories and once-in-a-lifetime peeks into places not often open to the public? Friends, you are in luck! The semi-annual Preserve New Fairfield House and Garden Tour is right around the corner and we are reserving tickets just for you! Set for July 17, the self-guided tour promises to delight the senses with magnificently appointed gardens in their peak of summer beauty and some lovely old structures whose walls could tell some terrific tales. The tour takes you all around New Fairfield, even to a legendary location rumored to have hosted Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio on their honeymoon.
Tickets are $25 and the tour happens rain or shine from 11 am to 3 pm. No tickets will be sold after 12:30 pm on the day of the event. Tickets can also be purchased before July 10 for a discount
in advance at the Barn Gallery and the Savings Bank of Danbury.
The House and Garden Tour begins at the Community Room above New Fairfield Senior Center, 33 Rt. 37, New Fairfield, where you will get your ticket and map and stop to tour the Hubbell House Museum. Locations are not revealed until the day of the tour. All proceeds benefit Preserve New Fairfield, a non-profit group dedicated to the life and stories of historic structures in town.
This old house, the Cosier-Murphy House, is the only property in New Fairfield listed on the National Register of Historic Places. While it is not on the Preserve New Fairfield House and Garden Tour this year, it is an example of what one will find on the July 17 tour. Tour locations are kept confidential until the day of the event. (Photo courtesy: Susan Monshaw)
Preserve New Fairfield is a group of dedicated volunteers who saw the need to rescue two mid 19th century (circa 1838 and 1840) houses from demolition. Having succeeded in saving these two gems, and moving them to a new site, overlooking a beautiful mill pond, our future vision is to utilize them as a cornerstone for a center in the town of New Fairfield, designed to illustrate and preserve our unique town history via changing displays and programs.
Explore our website to learn more about the history of the Hubbell House and the Parsonage, how they came to reside on their current location, where we are in the process of achieving our goals, and what you can do to help.