Program registration is processed on a first come – first served basis. You may register by phone, (860) 677-9222, in person, by mail or online. Payment options are credit card, check, or cash. Your membership must be current at the time the program meets in order to receive the member discount. Museum staff reserves the right to cancel classes for insufficient enrollment. You will be notified at least three working days in advance if a program is cancelled. Cancellations with at least forty-eight hours notice will receive a refund.
Starting Time: 12:00:00 PM
Ending Time: 4:00:00 PM
The dooryard of the Stanley-Whitman House is an open workspace that would have been located outside the back door of the house. This space was used for laundry, splitting wood, killing chickens, cloth dying and many other tasks. The family, after being indoors with only moderate light during the winter months, would have enjoyed this open airy workspace. The plants we use in the 18th century garden are all known to have been available in the colonies at that time. Where heritage varieties are not available, we have substituted modern ones. Included are small fruits, medicinal and culinary herbs and flowers, and vegetables. Many plants were also used for strewing – scattering on the floor as insect repellents and/or for pleasant aromas. All types of plants are mixed together in our beds as they would have been during that period. Our apple orchard was replanted in 1986, recreating the feeling of an 18th-century home site.