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21. Down on the Farm

Continuing on High Ridge Rd. at the intersection of Scofieldtown Rd. in less than 1/2 mi., you will come to the entrance of the Stamford Museum and Nature Center, a favorite of young and old alike.  The Center is located on the grounds of the former Henri Bendel estate whose neo-Tudor stone mansion is surrounded by gardens and Italian sculptures.  Today, the mansion houses exhibition space with several intriguing galleries for visitors to enjoy that offer a wide variety of rotating exhibits and shows.  The Centers permanent collections include New England natural history specimens, vintage farm tools and Native American, 19th and 20th c. art.

This is a perfect place to explore 80 acres of nature trails through a variety of habitats that also includes a universally accessible trail perfect for wheelchairs and strollers.  Along the way you will pass an award winning nature playground, a favorite among the kids, and meet Edie and Bert, the river otters in their pond.

Visitors will experience Connecticut's rural heritage at the Hecksher Farm with its picture perfect backdrop of open pastures, barns, silos, gardens, a maple sugar house, and of course, dozens and dozens of farm animals.  There is also an Animal Embassy where live exotic rescue animals are located.

The Observatory on the grounds is open to visitors each Friday weather permitting from Labor Day – May 1.  Here, visitors can enjoy viewing the moon, planets and deep space objects through a 22-inch research telescope.