April 21, 2022 – 10:12 p.m.
We recently had the privilege of spending time at the Stanton-Davis Homestead Museum, located at the intersection of Osbrook Point Road and Greenhaven Road. The farm is the oldest house in Stonington, dating from 1670. It was built by Thomas Stanton, one of the founders of Stonington, along with Thomas Miner, Walter Palmer, George Denison and William Chesebrough. Sold in the 1760s to the Davis family, the land remained in the Davis family for over 260 years and is recognized as Connecticut’s oldest continuously operating farm. The Homestead shares its history with the Pequot, Mohegan and Narragansett tribes. Venture Smith’s own history also has ties to this property. The last resident of the house was farmer John “Whit” Davis, who died in 2016 at the age of 91. Determined to preserve the historic home, Davis worked to preserve the Homestead.
In 2004, a non-profit corporation was formed to preserve the Homestead, along with its contents, as a museum. Members of the Stanton-Davis Homestead Museum Board of Trustees, along with a group of volunteers, have worked tirelessly to raise funds for preservation and renovation.
The mission is “to protect, care for, and preserve the Stanton-Davis farm and artifacts with the goal of creating a museum and educational center open to the public and dedicated to the memory of the Thomas Stanton and Davis family, Native Americans, and slaves African Americans, associated with the history of the farm – all of whom were instrumental in the founding of Connecticut.”
Each room in the Homestead contains stories of generations of families and individuals who have lived and worked in this home, as well as connections to the larger history of our city and state.
This Friday, April 22, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., there’s a volunteer meet-and-greet (fun fact – there’ll also be pizza and drinks, plus a chance to learn more about how you could donate your time and talents to this local effort). There is also a series of visits (21 May, 23 July and 24 September from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.). And starting in June, there will be weekly yoga on the lawn from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. every Wednesday (book via website). On August 13, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., State Archaeologist Sarah Sportman will provide insight into the farm’s ancient times. And finally, on October 15 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., they’ll be hosting a “warm and fuzzy” Halloween party, complete with pumpkin painting and squash tossing.
Help us spread the word about this wonderful local asset, as well as upcoming events and opportunities to get involved. Woodworking, photography, brick washing and note taking are all skills that can be put to good use, among many others. So please come by this Friday, or contact the volunteers who do all this work together, to find out how you can be part of this historic project.
To learn more, please visit stanton-davishomestead.org or email [email protected].