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Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden
See Connecticut's Historic Gardens Day activities offered here June 22, 2014
Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden
9 Main Street North
Bethlehem, CT 06751 | 203.266.7596
Open for tours May –October
May–Sept: Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
October: Saturday & Sunday
Open Memorial Day, Labor Day & Columbus Day
The Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden embodies the dramatically different passions of two extraordinary individuals: Rev. Joseph Bellamy (1719-1790) and Miss Caroline Ferriday (1902-1990). Rev. Joseph Bellamy, a renowned leader of the Great Awakening, the emotional religious revival of the 1740s, built the house in two stages, in 1754 and in 1767, as his family, theological seminary, and stature grew. Architectural embellishments were added by Rev. Bellamy’s eldest son in the 1790s. The 100-acre farmstead with numerous outbuildings remained in the family until 1868.
The property went through several owners until it was purchased by Caroline Ferriday’s parents, Henry and Eliza Ferriday, in 1912. The family updated the house with modern amenities and Mrs. Ferriday began reshaping the outdoor spaces by designing a formal parterre garden, introducing a wide variety of fragrant trees, shrubs and perennials, sweeping lawns and evergreens to provide more privacy from the road. Following World War II and her mother’s death, Caroline continued the stewardship of the property realizing that she “had Bethlehem under my skin.” Under her care the rose and lilac collections grew and the property was further refined as a breathtaking combination of natural and man-made beauty. Miss Ferriday, an actress, conservationist and philanthropist supported the Free France Movement during World War II, was a leader in securing help for Ravensbruck Concentration Camp survivors and involved in the Civil Rights Movement. She deeded the property and furnishings to Connecticut Landmarks on her death and most of her property to the Bethlehem Land Trust.
The plant collection includes historic roses, peonies, lilacs and numerous perennials, as well as unusual specimens of trees and flowering shrubs.
For hours, admission information and directions, visit www.ctlandmarks.org/bellamy-ferriday.
Connecticut's Historic Gardens Day, June 22, 2014 | 12–4 pm
Discover the treasures of the Bellamy-Ferriday estate. Stroll through the formal parterre garden designed by Eliza Mitchell Ferriday between 1915 and 1918. The garden is the centerpiece of the landscape, the inspiration for which came from an Aubusson rug once used in the parlor. The surrounding grounds contain lawns, apple orchards, a magnolia grove and many other specimen trees. Are you familiar with Enkianthus? Yellowwood? Fruiting Quince? Franklinia? and a willow propagated from the weeping willow at Napoleon's tomb? A visit to the estate will introduce you to these along with a large variety of plants in the rose, lilac and peony collections. Eliza Ferriday's daughter Caroline worked on her mother's garden until her death in 1990. Visitors experience the value of commitment to a specific place over nearly 75 years. Tours of the garden given throughout the day. Enjoy a glass of iced tea. Grounds admission is FREE; regular admission applies for historic house tour.
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