Hunt Hill Farm Trust http://www.hunthillfarmtrust.org was created by the late Skitch and Ruth Henderson as a cultural resource for Connecticut residents and visitors alike. This unique cultural center invites the public to explore, art, music, food and more on the permanently protected historic open space that composes the property. Here, there are 83 acres that are farmed in addition to another 44 acres that are preserved. The heart of Hunt Hill Farm Trust is the cluster of colonial houses and barns that house a museum, cooking school and art gallery.
As the popularity of Hunt Hill Farm has grown, the Smithsonian Institution has chosen Hunt Hill Farm as a site to display and share materials that have previously only been on display at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.
This weekend, Hunt Hill Farm is hosting a live Civil War encampment of the second Volunteer Regiment. The encampment will take place on Saturday, August 9 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and on Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Spectators can expect to learn about the lives of the soldiers of the Civil War and there will be family fun for all. The admission to this event is Adults:$10, children 5-16: $5, and under 5, free. Seniors and veterans, $8.
On Saturday, August 9, the day begins in the field with drills at 11 a.m., a cooking demonstration at 1 p.m., a Military Drill at 2 p.m. and a Military Surgeon Talk at 2:45 p.m. followed by a blacksmith demonstration at 3:30 p.m. On the deck and in the yard there will be children's games and activities such as face painting, spin art, coloring and even a bean bag toss from 10:30 a.m. - 4:40 p.m. The cooking school will have "Lincoln Cupcakes" with Nancy Stuart and in the Gallery, the art show called Lincoln's Times will display the work of Wendy Allen and Wendell Minor as well as a display of historic quilts by the New Milford Historical Society. A gallery reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. with Wendy Allen who will be on hand for a book signing. In the Museum, there will be a performance at 12:45 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. of Sari Max who will perform Songs and Poems of the Civil War.
On Sunday, August 10, the day once again begins in the field with a Military Drill at 11 a.m., a 12:30 blacksmith demonstration followed by another Military Drill at 2 p.m. and a Military Surgeon Talk at 2:45 p.m. Children's games and activities will take place in the yard and on the deck and there will be Hayrides from 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in the barnyard along with Chicas Cafe that will provide refreshments. The cooking school will have "Lincoln Cupcakes" with Nancy Stuart and in the Gallery, the art show called Lincoln's Times will display the work of Wendy Allen and Wendell Minor. Wendy will be available at 1 p.m. to sign books. The Museum will host Shannon Perich from noon to 2:45 p.m. Perich, a Smithsonian Associate Curator will be on hand to show the photography from the Home Front and talk about objects from the Smithsonian Reference Collection. Attendees will learn how the "new art" of photography was captured in images and brought home.
Hunt Hill Farm Trust is located on 44 Upland Road in New Milford Connecticut.