Florence Griswold was born on Christmas Day so her museum goes all out to celebrate the “Magic of Christmas.”
Florence Griswold ran a boarding school for artists after her wealthy family needed some unexpected support in the 1800s. This is their home. Her legacy remains for all to enjoy.
The Magic of Christmas provides a tour of the museum as well as the home with stunning displays of artfully designed Christmas trees as well as the mantels throughout the home. There was even a contest to select your favorite! I’ll only post one so as not to ruin it for others but to entice a visit!
Fun to learn at the museum is that on the property is a tree which is a descendent of the famous Charter Oak tree of Hartford, Connecticut. It is within the original Charter Oak that the Connecticut charter was hidden from the British Invasion. When the original tree was destroyed people saved pieces and planted its acorns throughout the state. One such tree is on these grounds majestically watching over the home and museum.
This tree was fun to locate as it was not marked and initially the volunteers were unfamiliar with its location. So we all got to learn a little something together. Another opportunity to bond over nature and make a couple of new acquaintances.
The grounds are along the Lieutenant river. I look forward to returning in the Spring as the trees and plantings even lured me on this December day. I have come to greatly appreciate stick season as the trees become bare and show their shapes and better share the beauty around them.
Please know that tickets must be purchased on line 24 hours in advance as the museum is very well controlled due to the pandemic. I do not take these times lightly. I share to encourage and motivate others who at times have felt uncertain where to go.
This museum is also part of the CT art trail. Follow me to see other opportunities along the art trail.