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 founded by the last resident and owner of the Homestead, Anne Borodell Denison Gates. Mrs. Gates invited hundreds of Denison descendants for a picnic and announced that she wanted to create an organization that would care for the Homestead upon her passing. Members of this organization have been the stewards of the 1717 manor house and land ever since. In 2010, the Society adopted Denison Homestead as its brand and encourage all to join!
The Denison Homestead owes 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.
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.