Story and Sharing Time at Phelps-Hatheway House

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One is never too young to learn about history! New this season, the Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden’s “Littlest Historian” Story & Sharing Time seeks to introduce children age’s three to five to the wonderful world of historic houses and museums. Each week, little historians can bring their caregivers to explore our historic property, listen to a story and learn about what goes on inside a museum.

How old is your house? Our series begins on Wednesday, June 2. We will take a look at our 260-year-old house and explore how historians take care of something very old. Enjoy a reading of The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton and point out the differences between your house and ours.

Can you spot the colors in our historic house? On Wednesday, June 16, enjoy a reading of Pantone: Colors by Helen Dardik and then look at our walls, carpets and other objects to learn how the colors were made.

Let’s take a selfie! In our final program on Wednesday, June 30, we will take a peek inside the house to look at the painted portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Pomeroy to see how different they are from our photos today. We’ll then sit down for a reading of Parker Looks Up by Parker and Jessica Curry and create a portrait of a family member or a pet.

Each program takes place from 10 to 11 a.m. Admission is $5 per child, free for caregivers. An accompanying take-home craft kit and book will be available for purchase in our gift shop. Advance registration is required for each program at or 860-668-0055. Same-day registration will be allowed only if the event has not reached capacity. In order to protect the health of our staff, visitors, and community all visitors must wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

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