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The Birthplace of Samuel Huntington

The Huntington Homestead in Scotland, Connecticut, is the birthplace of Samuel Huntington, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a distinguished statesman during the Revolutionary War and early Republic. The remarkably well-preserved site includes an eighteenth century house on its original foundation surrounded by acres of farmland, bordered by Merrick Brook. It includes old-growth trees, stone walls, an abandoned road, and other interesting features. The Huntington Homestead is a surprising discovery so late in the twentieth century, when most historic sites have already been enshrined or ravaged. It is a National Historic Landmark. The Huntington Homestead is open to visitors May through October

The Governor Samuel Huntington Trust, Inc. is the owner of the Huntington Homestead. The Kimball family, who had owned the property for 72 years, sold the historic farm to the Town of Scotland in 1994. The Town agreed to grant a two-year lease with an option to buy to interested local residents. Shortly thereafter, a grassroots effort to save the property for posterity was undertaken by dedicated volunteers who formed a nonprofit corporation named The Governor Samuel Huntington Trust. In July of 1996, the Trust purchased the property from the town and began its history as a museum organization.

Scotland, Connecticut is located in the heart of Quinebaug and Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor, an affiliate unit of the National Park Service. Connecticut Routes 14 and 97, both very scenic in character, transect Scotland. The Huntington Homestead is minutes from I-395 in Norwich, and lies within two hours of Boston and three hours of New York. Residents and tourists from New England and beyond will enjoy the surprise of discovery upon reaching the Huntington Homestead, a "best kept secret" in American history.

Programming Updates

Slavery in Connecticut Topic of Sept. 18 Presentation

Slavery in Connecticut

Member Pauline Merrick, intrigued by our Nancy's Room project, joined the Trust in 2019 bringing with her a wealth of background research into slavery in colonial Connecticut. This has prompted her to put together our first program since the COVID shutdown last year. We hope you can join us Saturday, September 18th at 11:30 a.m. for a unique perspective on how our patriots freed us from British tyranny but left the enslaved as they were — without the freedom we had just gained. We hope this to be an outdoor program, but high heat or wet weather will bring the program inside where current COVID-19 protocols will be observed. Free program, donations always appreciated. Please also see the attached flyer.

House Tours Have Resumed With Limited Schedule

The Museum will be open on the first Saturday of each month through October, and we wish to also accommodate those whose visits to the area do not align with this limited schedule. Please contact us at info@huntingtonhomestead.org.

The Huntington Homestead is open to visitors May through October on the first Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Many of these dates have special programming.

The worthy goals of the Trust can only be met through broad membership in the organization. Our Membership Application describes the special benefits you will receive by joining the Trust.

You can purchase items from the Museum Store and have them mailed to you. All sales benefit the Trust.

The Huntington Homestead is owned and operated by the Governor Samuel Huntington Trust, Inc., P.O. Box 231, Scotland, CT 06264. A non-profit corporation formed in 1994, the Trust is authorized by the IRS to receive tax-exempt contributions. This site has been made possible by a grant from the Connecticut Society of the Cincinnati.
This page last modified on 08/27/2020.