Governor Samuel Huntington Trust was formed in 1994 by local residents dedicated to preserving the birthplace of Samuel Huntington, one of Connecticut's most illustrious politicians. Because of Samuel, the house was named a National Historic Landmark in 1972. But in the 1990s, when the last owner moved out, its future was uncertain. Once the home of well-to-do farmers, it had suffered deterioration for more than a century. In 1996, with generous support from many the Trust acquired the house and five acres and immediately began to work on its goal of building a museum that would tell the particular story of Samuel Huntington as well as the history of the farm, Scotland, and eastern Connecticut.
Donations and grant money have funded essential research and critical preservation work. Support from the Connecticut Historical Commission, the Connecticut Humanities Council, the National Park Service, and the Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor, Inc. have made possible an existing conditions report, a museum feasibility study, historic architectural analysis, archaeological investigation, building analysis, and research on the property's occupants. State bonding money (awarded in 1998) has permitted the Trust to acquire additional acreage, continue archaeology, and undertake essential preservation work.
The house is open seasonally to visitors who are invited to share the excitement as we continue to investigate and repair the house. Learn about Samuel Huntington and the significance of his political contributions to the state and to the nation. See centuries of history in the Huntington Homestead, and begin to understand rural life and culture in eastern Connecticut.
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.
Read the Trust's Mission Statement.
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 12/20/2014.|