Hoyt Barnum House

713 Bedford St., Stamford, CT 06903.

(203) 329-1183. Maintained by the Stamford Historical Society, this braced frame center chimney house is representative of the Second American building period, post 1675. It is Stamford's oldest surviving structure and is furnished with 17th and 18th century furniture. By appt. only. Adm.

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

295 West Ave., Norwalk, CT 06850.

I-95 Ex. 14N/15S.  (203) 838-9799. The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, a National Historic Landmark since 1971, the Mansion is regarded as one of the earliest and most significant surviving Second Empire Style country houses in the United States. Built between 1864 -1868 by renowned financier and railroad baron LeGrand Lockwood, the Mansion illustrates magnificently the splendor of the Victorian era with its unparalleled Gilded Age interiors and furniture. During the season, full tours at the Mansion are $10 adults, $8 seniors, $6 children & young adults ages 8 -18. Free admission for children under 8. Guided tours are 12 -4, Wed.-Sun. Last tour starts at 3 p.m.

Monroe Historical Society

733 Wheeler Road, Monroe, CT 06468.

P.O. Box 212. (203) 261-1383. The Society operates: 1811 East Village Meeting House (433 Barn Hill Rd.) the oldest Methodist Church building in CT, the 1790 East Village-Barn Hill one room Schoolhouse (311 Wheeler Rd.), and the 1760 Beardsley Homestead (31 Great Ring Rd.) an excellent example of a late 18th c. saltbox. Various programs. Adm.

National Helicopter Museum

2480 Main St., Stratford, CT 06615.

Eastbound Railroad Station. (I-95, Exit 32). (203) 375-8857. Stratford is the birthplace of America's Helicopter Industry. Museum features evolution of Rotary Wing Development. Sikorsky S-76 cabin videos, models and gas turbine engines developed locally. Free admission and parking. Seasonal. May- Oct. Wed. – Sun. 1 – 4.

New Canaan Historical Society

13 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, CT 06840.

Rte. 15, Exit 37. (203) 966-1776. Explore 6 historic buildings with 8 museums and a library housing modern archives and extensive collections. Museums include: The Town House with an excellent collection of 19th century CT clocks and books, the Cody Drug Store, the Silvermine Artists Gallery; 18th century Hanford-Silliman House with period furnishings; a Tool Museum and Printing office; a National Landmark, the Rogers Studio and Museum, Rogers was famous as the "people's sculptor;" 1799 Rock School; 1868 Little Red Schoolhouse; 1960 Gores Pavilion at Irwin Park. Call or visit web site for hours

Norwalk Historical Society

2 East Wall St., Norwalk, CT 06851.

I-95 Ex. 16. (203) 846-0525. The Society maintains three historic buildings and cemetery at Mill Hill Historic Park: Town House(1835), Gov. Thomas Fitch Law Office(1740), & the Little Red Schoolhouse (1826). Jun. -Oct. Sun. 1-4. Adults: $5., Children (3-11) & Sr.: $3, under 3: free.

Ogden House & Gardens

1520 Bronson Rd., Fairfield, CT 06824.

I-95 s. Ex. 20, I -95 n. ex. 21, Rte. 15 ex. 44.  (203) 259-1598. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Ogden House is an exceptional survivor of a typical mid-18th century farmhouse and provides a glimpse into the life of a middle-class colonial family. A highlight of the property is the colonial kitchen garden featuring walkways of crushed sea shells and raised beds with plants and herbs typical of those used in the 18th century. Open seasonally, Sundays, June – Sept. 1-4 pm.

Putnam Cottage

243 East Putnam Ave., Greenwich, CT 06830.

(203) 869-9697. Known as Knapp Tavern during the American Revolution, this 1690 cottage hosted both General Putnam and General Washington and his entourage. Authentically restored to the colonial period, the cottage is filled with period treasures. Tours Memorial Day – Labor Day Sun. 1 – 4 or by appt. Adm.

Rowayton Historical Society

177 Rowayton Ave., Rowayton, CT 06853.

I-95 Ex. 11S/12N. (203) 831-0136. Learn the fascinating history of a small maritime village on Long Island Sound when visiting this historic house musuem. Exhibits focus on when oystering was the main industry, boats were powered by sail, and visitors came by train, trolley and steamer to Rowayton's Roton Point Amusement Park. Exhibits include archives, memorabilia and artwork. By appt.

Sheffield Island Lighthouse & Ferry

Washington & North Water Streets , South Norwalk, CT 06854.

Ferry departs from The Seaport Dock, Washington & North Water Streets, (I-95, Exit 14N/15S) South Norwalk, CT 06854. (203) 838-9444. Cruise Norwalk Harbor to scenic Sheffield Island. Tour the historic 10-room lighthouse furnished with period furniture, offering a chance to see what life was like for the families of 19th century light keepers. Cruises May- Sept. reservations strongly suggested.