Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Pardee-Morris House opens for season June 3

It is with pleasure that New Haven Museum officials announce that the Pardee-Morris House will open for the season on June 3.
What is most striking about the Pardee-Morris house is that it dates from about 1780, making it one of the oldest surviving historic structures in Connecticut, according to a release. It was originally built by Amos Morris around 1750, but was burned by the British during their raid on New Haven in 1779, leading to the reconstruction of the house by the Morris family, the release said.
William Pardee, a descendent of the Morris family, willed the property over to the New Haven Colony Historical Society in 1915. The facility is now known as the New Haven Museum.
To commemorate the start of the season, the opening event on June 3 will have free family-friendly activities, the release said.
Many activities will take place, including giving children the opportunity to learn more about how colonial gardens were used by actively engaging in planting herbs. Children also will be able to participate in a scavenger hunt for prizes, inspired by the historical photos of the East Shore neighborhood that will be on display, the release said.
Visitors will be welcome to journey through the Pardee-Morris House as well. From June 3 to August 26, the Pardee-Morris House will be open free of charge every Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Check for special events at the house throughout the summer season.
The Pardee Morris House is located at 325 Lighthouse Road. Founded as the New Haven Colony Historical Society in 1862, the New Haven Museum is located in downtown New Haven at 114 Whitney Ave.
For more information, contact Michelle Cheng, director of education at (203) 562-4183 ext. 11 or

- Edited by Emilee Sousa

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