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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

The Huntington Homestead begins an impressive line-up of events in 2018 with the following programs:

May 5, 11:30 a.m.—Sign Unveiling.

Our new sign will be unveiled with The Last Green Valley and supportive others. Enjoy cider and donuts on Opening Day! Free.

May 5, 1 p.m.—The Provision State.

During the American Revolution, despite being one of the smaller states, Connecticut played a huge role in our War for Independence. The inventiveness of our people, industry, and government helped pave the way to a remarkable victory against the superpower of the 18th century. Presentation by Dragoon member Eric Chandler. Hearth popped corn and tours available. $4 per person, children 12 and under free, members free.

May 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.—Open House.

Tours of the circa 1723 Homestead. Free admission, donations accepted.

May 19, 4 p.m.—Supper with a Soldier: Breaking Bread with Joseph Plumb Martin.

Hearth cooking event/fundraiser. Help prepare supper in the lean-to with a Connecticut Revolutionary War veteran, and experience 18th century-style foods he recorded having eaten in his journal. Reservations required by May 5. $50 per person, members' discount. (860) 377-3252.

Let's sit around the trestle table and pop corn, enjoy cyder, and and read some short stories about childhoods of famous early Americans. Children can draw a picture of what they "see" in their heads from the short readings. Ages 6–10, preregister by Sept. 10 to Tina (860) 377-3252. $7 per child, members $5. Limit 8. (Kitchen fundraiser.)

For a full list of upcoming programs, please see the Calendar of Events.

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. Many of these dates have special programming.

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 04/29/2018.