Programs and Events
1750 Ogden House Tours. Open Sundays through September, from 1pm – 4pm.
$5, $3 Students & Seniors; Free for Members. (Closed July 10)
Step inside the Ogden House to experience life in 18th century Fairfield. David and Jane Sturges Ogden began their marriage here, settling into farm life and establishing a family legacy that lasted 125 years. Museum Docents lead guided tours giving visitors fascinating information and tidbits on the history of the house, its intriguing two hearths, and the everyday tasks and chores that kept the Ogden family busy.
Town Green Walking Tour
Saturday, June 18, 2pm – 3:30pm. Members: $5; Non-members: $8., Register online here >>
Do you have a burning question about the history of Fairfield? Enjoy a guided tour of the historic Green and learn about the people, places, and events that shaped Fairfield’s 375 years of history. Walk on the site of the 1639 colonial settlement and find out more about Roger Ludlow, Fairfield’s Puritan roots, and the 17th century “witch ducking experiments.” Pass by the 1780 Burr Homestead where John Hancock married Dorothy Quincy and learn how Thaddeus and Eunice Burr honored John’s aunt Lydia. These stories and more await on this fascinating journey.
Historic Cycling Tour
Sunday, July 3 from 9:30am – 11:30am. $5 for Museum member; $8 for non-members, includes admission to the Museum. Advanced, online registration is required here >>
Cyclists will have a unique opportunity to explore the history of Fairfield by and get some exercise and fresh air while they are at it. The tour, co-sponsored by the Fairfield Museum and the Town of Fairfield’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee, covers approximately 10 miles and starts and ends at the Museum. It will explore several historic Fairfield locations including the 1750 Ogden House and the Southport setting of the Pequot Indian Swamp Fight. Bicycle helmets required. Children 14 years and older are welcome accompanied by and an adult. Limited to 25 people; advanced registration is required.
Pen & Ink Studio Workshop for Kids Ages 8 – 12
Wednesday, July 6, 9:30am – 12pm. Members: $15; Non-Members: $25. Pre-registration required!
Learn to draw with pen and ink, the old fashioned way with artist and illustrator Lizzy Rockwell. Learn more and register online here.
Read to Me! Storytime
Wednesdays, July 6, August 3 & September 7, 10:30am – 11am. Free.
In celebration of reading and the Fabulous Animals exhibition, join Museum Docent Barbara Lucia for storytime. Explore the animal kingdom, nature and fables with stories illustrated and inspired by Robert Lawson, including The Story of Ferdinand, of course!
Declaration Celebration & Open House
Sunday, July 10, 10am – 4pm. Free. Find out more here >>
Burning of Fairfield Walking Tours
Sunday, July 10. Tours at 12:30pm, 1pm, 1:30pm and 2pm
Adults: $10; Students: $5. Advanced, online registration is required here >>
Join us for a walking tour that will bring the Fairfield Town Green to life and experience the Town’s burning as if you were there! Stroll back in time while exploring the history and events surrounding the attack on Fairfield by the British on July 7-8, 1779. Listen to the Proclamation from British General William Tryon and Admiral Collier, to the people of Connecticut. Hear the anguished words of Eunice Burr, as she witnesses the ransacking and destruction of her home, at the site where it happened. Young William Wheeler’s voice speaks to you of his family’s struggle to evacuate the town and his feelings of pride at the heroic actions of the local militia and the Fort at Black Rock as they work to fend off the Crown Forces. Think about the somber after action report of Reverend Andrew Eliot as he reflects on the events of those two days in July, and their meaning for the town and its future.