Sun Sep 24, 2017 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Friends & Family Day at Historic Pardee-Morris House
Sponsored by: New Haven Museum
Fall is nigh on the Connecticut coastline, which means it’s time to gather kith and kin and head to “Friends and Family Day” at the historic Pardee-Morris House, 325 Lighthouse Road, New Haven. The all-ages, free event will be held on Sunday, September 24, 2017, from noon to 4 p.m., rain or shine, and hosted by the New Haven Museum, which owns and operates the historic site. From live bluegrass music, to colonial crafts, to tin-punch lantern making, the event offers something for everyone.
Attendees will enjoy a variety of activities throughout the afternoon, including music by the Bait and Switch Bluegrass Plus Band, from 2 to 4 p.m. There will be guided tours of the c.1780 Pardee-Morris House, which replaced the original home burnt by raiding British redcoats in 1779. Members of the 6th Connecticut Regiment, in full colonial dress, will portray Revolutionary War soldiers. Fort Nathan Hale Restoration Projects will exhibit artifacts recovered during an archeological dig at Fort Nathan Hale on New Haven Harbor, and Friends of Fort Wooster will discuss the history of New Haven’s Fort Wooster, the site of skirmishes during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.
Participatory crafts for children will include tin-punch lantern making, corn-husk-doll making, pumpkin painting and face painting. Colonial crafters will be on hand to demonstrate their expertise, including Suzanne Schwarz, with colonial herbs; Jody Bishel, with plant-based wool dyeing, and wool spinning with Dawn Satir.
The Bait and Switch Bluegrass Plus Band has been performing in New Haven for several years at festivals and fundraisers. Its members were brought together from other Connecticut bands to play Americana music, bluegrass, and blues. Band members include Justin Elicker on banjo, ; Dan Rausch, on bass; award-winning musician and composer, Steve Nystrup on guitar; and vocalist and percussionist Maureen Wasik.
The Museum thanks the Knights of Columbus, Rodrigo Council #44, East Shore Management Team, and Morris Cove neighbors, including the DeCola Family, Frank Pinto and Rosemary Spring, for supporting the 2017 summer season.
About the Pardee-Morris House
Located at 325 Lighthouse Road, in New Haven, the Pardee-Morris House dates from about 1780, and is listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places. Built by Amos Morris around 1750, the house was burned by the British during their raid on New Haven in 1779, and rebuilt and expanded by the Morris family. In 1918, William Pardee, a descendant of the Morris family, willed the property to the New Haven Colony Historical Society, today the New Haven Museum.
About the New Haven Museum
The New Haven Museum, founded in 1862 as the New Haven Colony Historical Society, is located in downtown New Haven at 114 Whitney Avenue. The Museum is currently celebrating 150 years of collecting, preserving and interpreting the history and heritage of Greater New Haven. Through its collections, exhibitions, programs and outreach, the Museum brings 375 years of New Haven history to life. For the latest news on events at the New Haven Museum and Pardee-Morris House visit newhavenmuseum.org, and like us on Facebook: facebook.com/NewHavenMuseum Sign up for e-blasts at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the New Haven Museum at 203-562-4183.
- Admission: Free
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