Mission:The mission of the Denison Homestead is to connect its descendants and the local community to the history, land and environment of its 300-year-old family farm. To carry out that mission, the Homestead hosts three separate entities on its property: the 1717 Denison Homestead Museum, the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center (DPNC), and the Denison Farm Market.
The Denison Society:In 1930 the Denison Society was created. Denison descendants and friends were invited to join. They have been the stewards of the 1717 house and land ever since. Today all are encouraged to join! In 2010 the Denison Homestead brand name was adopted.
Land:The Denison Homestead contains 160 privately owned acres of ledges, meadows and woodlands winding through the picturesque land of Mystic and Stonington, CT only 5 minutes from down town Mystic. Most of the Denison Homestead land has been kept in its natural state since the 1600′s.
Pequotsepos Manor: This is the official name of the 1717 house museum that is the centerpiece of the Homestead restored in 1946 by J. Frederick Kelly. Each room represents a different period of history in America. In 1979, the Denison Homestead was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center (DPNC): DPNC leases 77 acres on the east side of Pequotsepos Road for$1 a year. It also manages 8 miles of trails on the rest of the Homestead land.
Genealogy :Genealogical information is provided to Denison descendants by our volunteers. Local historical books may be viewed at the Homestead Library.
The Vogel Education Center has been renovated, thanks to the Miller family. Dr. McBride, of The Pequot Musuem, is creating an archeogical exhibit of their findings on our land to be on display this year in this buiding.
School and Scout Programs-School children tour the homestead and participate in archaeological digs and house tours. Scout troops also visit and several Eagle Scouts have earned their badges by doing projects at the Homestead.
Community Events: fun runs and historical re-enactments occur periodically in the house and on the land. The Mystic Garden Club, of which Annie Gates was a founder, continues to use our barn. People of all ages enjoy touring the museum, walking the three period gardens, and observing the numerous stone walls built by Denisons many years ago. In April, visitors flock to see the homestead lawn awash in hundreds of daffodils.
Hiking:Trails abound all over the 160 acres mangaged by DPNC.
Volunteers:We welcome “Friends”, “Family” and the community to volunteer their time, expertise and donations to help us continue our mission.