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10. Fairfield Naturally

To get to the Connecticut Audubon and Birdcraft Museum and Sanctuary turn left at the exit on Mill Plain Rd., go under the overpass and proceed straight on Mill Plain Rd. (toward Fairfield Ludlowe HS) passing the 1840 Jonathan Sturges Cottage which is one of the most important American Gothic Revival houses in the United States. At the fork in the road, bear right continuing on Mill Plain Rd., at the next fork bear right onto Unquowa Rd., passing the High School go under an overpass to the entrance of the CT Audubon and Birdcraft Museum on the left.

This 6-acre sanctuary begun in 1914 is one of the first private bird sanctuaries in the U.S. The founder, Mabel Osgood Wright was Fairfield’s Friend of Nature as well as a famous author of 26 books and a pioneering photographer and conservationist. Birdcraft offers a scenic Teaching Bridge and Pavilion that abut Birdcraft Pond as well as a natural history museum and a nature store. Over 120 birds have been documented here because the sanctuary has many plantings that attract birds and butterflies.