Thursday, September 7, 2017

Friends and Family Day at the Pardee-Morris House in New Haven

NEW HAVEN - A free  “Friends and Family Day” will be held at the historic Pardee-Morris House, 325 Lighthouse Road, from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 24, rain or shine, according to a release.
The event will be hosted by the New Haven Museum, which owns and operates the site, the release said. "From live bluegrass music, to colonial crafts, to tin-punch lantern making, the event offers something for everyone."
Also noted in the release:
Music by the Bait and Switch Bluegrass Plus Band, from 2 to 4 p.m. 
Guided tours of the c.1780 Pardee-Morris House, which replaced the original home burnt by raiding British redcoats in 1779.
Members of the 6th Connecticut Regiment, in full colonial dress, will portray Revolutionary War soldiers.
Fort Nathan Hale Restoration Projects will exhibit artifacts recovered during an archeological dig at Fort Nathan Hale on New Haven Harbor
Friends of Fort Wooster will discuss the history of New Haven’s Fort Woosterthe site of skirmishes during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.
Participatory crafts for children will include tin-punch lantern making, corn-husk-doll making, pumpkin painting and face painting.
Colonial crafters will be on hand to demonstrate their expertise, including Suzanne Schwarz, with colonial herbs; Jody Bishel, with plant-based wool dyeing, and wool spinning with Dawn Satir.
Also: "The Museum thanks the Knights of Columbus, Rodrigo Council #44, East Shore Management Team, and Morris Cove neighbors, including the DeCola Family, Frank Pinto and Rosemary Spring, for supporting the 2017 summer season."
About the Pardee-Morris House
"One of the oldest surviving historic structures in Connecticut, the Pardee-Morris House dates from about 1780 and is listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places.  Built by Amos Morris circa 1750, the house was burned by the British during their raid on New Haven in 1779, and rebuilt and expanded by the Morris family. In 1918, William Pardee, a descendant of the Morris family, willed the property to the New Haven Colony Historical Society, which today is known as the New Haven Museum."
About the New Haven Museum
"The New Haven Museum, founded in 1862 as the New Haven Colony Historical Society, is located in downtown New Haven at 114 Whitney Avenue. The Museum is currently celebrating 150 years of collecting, preserving and interpreting the history and heritage of Greater New Haven. Through its collections, exhibitions, programs and outreach, the Museum brings 375 years of New Haven history to life."
 For more information:
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