The Denison Homestead

300 Years of Mystic, CT History

About the Homestead

A painting of Mystic's Denison Homestead by Dodd

Our Mission

  The mission of the Denison Homestead is to connect its descendants and the local community to the history, land and environment of its 360+ year-old family farm.

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Our Vision

Our vision is for the Denison Homestead to serve as an unmatched resource for the study of the history, heritage and genealogy of the Denison Family specifically and the Homestead’s Connecticut setting in general, serving as a single repository of all related artifacts, accessible to scholars, family members and enthusiasts alike. 

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Our Land

The Denison Homestead owns over 160 acres of meadows, woodlands, and rock ledges only five minutes from downtown Mystic and Stonington. Most of the land has been kept in its natural state since the 1600’s.  Captain Denison was one of the first settlers of Mystic in 1654. He was granted 200 acres for his service to the early militia.  He built his first house, a rough log house, on a rocky knoll overlooking the meadows. Forever cognizant of the possibility of Indian attacks, he surrounded this rude home with a stout stockade, enclosing a spring and a couple of acres of land, surrounded by ravines. The spot was undoubtedly selected, with the eye of a military leader, for the purpose of defense against Indians.

This Denison Society owned land, where the stockade was, has been virtually empty for over 360 years!  Reportedly over 300 men,including English and Indians, gathered at the stockade several times during King  Phillip’s War.  Researchers are hoping to find numerous artifacts that will tell us about the colonists and Indians that lived in this area in the colonial period.

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Our House Museum

Pequotsepos Manor 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.

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 Our Homestead Staff 

Julie Soto- Homestead Manager
Penny Havard-  Supervisor of Collecions & Interpretations
Aidan Evenski- Museum Assistant
Kate Davis- Museum Interpreter
Catherine Cummings- Museum Interpreter
Bill Stefanelli-  Photographer
Nancy Feinstein-  Gardener 
 
 

 

Copies of our tax form 990 are available upon request for a small photocopying fee.

 

Denison Homestead Museum 120 Pequotsepos Road, Mystic, CT 06355 O(860)536-9248 info@denisonhomestead.org All rights reserved.
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