This 32 acre site was willed to the Town of Stratford following the deaths of David Beach Boothe and Stephen Nichols Boothe. In the 1900's, these two brothers created the Boothe Memorial Museum. The museum maintains a collection of buildings including a carriage house, Americana Museum, miniature lighthouse and windmill, a clocktower museum, a trolley station, a chapel and a blacksmith shop. The original Sikorsky Bridge toll booth from the Merritt Parkway is located on the museum grounds. The Boothe family home was built facing Main Street Putney in the 1820's on today's park's grounds. There are beautiful flower gardens and ponds located on the property. The local astronomical society has a working planetarium on the park's grounds.
Of the "50 absolutely enjoyable things worth doing or revisiting in Greater New Haven", according to the New Haven Register, try number 39: "Marvel at Boothe Memorial Park & Museum in Stratford." (Read the complete article from the New Haven Register here).
"The late, great Boothe brothers, David and Stephen, created a wonderland of quirky collections on their 32-acre estate. Come for the antique clock tower and stay for the basilica, rose garden, lighthouse, windmill and miniature models of presidential houses".
Listing files in 'Boothe Park'
5774 Main St. Putney
Stratford, CT 06614