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The Birthplace of Samuel Huntington

The Huntington Homestead in Scotland, Connecticut, is the birthplace of Samuel Huntington, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a distinguished statesman during the Revolutionary War and early Republic. The remarkably well-preserved site includes an eighteenth century house on its original foundation surrounded by acres of farmland, bordered by Merrick Brook. It includes old-growth trees, stone walls, an abandoned road, and other interesting features. The Huntington Homestead is a surprising discovery so late in the twentieth century, when most historic sites have already been enshrined or ravaged. It is a National Historic Landmark. The Huntington Homestead is open to visitors May through October.

The Governor Samuel Huntington Trust, Inc. is the owner of the Huntington Homestead. The Kimball family, who had owned the property for 72 years, sold the historic farm to the Town of Scotland in 1994. The Town agreed to grant a two-year lease with an option to buy to interested local residents. Shortly thereafter, a grassroots effort to save the property for posterity was undertaken by dedicated volunteers who formed a nonprofit corporation named The Governor Samuel Huntington Trust. In July of 1996, the Trust purchased the property from the town and began its history as a museum organization.

Scotland, Connecticut is located in the heart of Quinebaug and Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor, an affiliate unit of the National Park Service. Connecticut Routes 14 and 97, both very scenic in character, transect Scotland. The Huntington Homestead is minutes from I-395 in Norwich, and lies within two hours of Boston and three hours of New York. Residents and tourists from New England and beyond will enjoy the surprise of discovery upon reaching the Huntington Homestead, a "best kept secret" in American history.

Special Events

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Artillery School at the Homestead June 6th and 7th

The Governor Samuel Huntington Trust will be hosting an Artillery School at the Homestead June 6th and 7th. The Artillery School, presented by the United Train of Artillery, is to benefit Revolutionary War living history groups from Virginia to New Hampshire in the safe operation of their cannon, mortar and howitzer field pieces. The public is being invited to observe the instruction Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (see attached schedule). Cannon and equipment safety inspection will begin the school with action "heating up" each day after 11 a.m. when cannon fire will break the peaceful quiet of the Scotland landscape. A military encampment will help recreate the life and times during the late 1770s and early 1780s. The public can view the camp life, tactical field maneuvers, and cooking demonstrations in the field setting, and the Huntington Homestead Museum will also be open for tours and a first ever hearth cooking demonstration. Period items will be on sale as will food and drink. Funding for this event has been graciously provided by Big Y Supermarkets as one of their Paul and Gerald D'Amour Memorial 2015 charities. The suggested donation for the program is $3 for children under 12, seniors citizens and Trust members; $5 for adults and a $10 maximum for families, with one admission being good for both days. For more information contact Kevin at (860) 423-1547.

The Huntington Homestead is open to visitors May through October on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The worthy goals of the Trust can only be met through broad membership in the organization. Our Membership Application describes the special benefits you will receive by joining the Trust.

You can purchase items from the Museum Store and have them mailed to you. All sales benefit the Trust.

The Huntington Homestead is owned and operated by the Governor Samuel Huntington Trust, Inc., P.O. Box 231, Scotland, CT 06264. A non-profit corporation formed in 1994, the Trust is authorized by the IRS to receive tax-exempt contributions. This site has been made possible by a grant from the Connecticut Society of the Cincinnati.
This page last modified on 05/03/2015.