Visiting the Hill-Stead Museum
I don’t know what the appeal was to want to visit the Hill-Stead Museum. I’ve wanted to since we moved to the Bristol area. I think I just did a search on the CT tourism site and thought that the historical building with hiking grounds sounded interesting. We finally visited this past summer. I must have built it up in my mind too much because I was somewhat disappointed.
Because a tour was starting shortly after our arrival, we decided to do that first. The house was designed by Theodate Pope Riddle complete with gardens and a dairy farm. The rooms and artifacts were interesting to view, however, our tour guide made the entire thing a drag. She was very informative, but talked to Dan and I like we were children. It was frustrating. The worst part- tours are locked in to the house! We might not have been able to escape if we tried!
After the tour, we walked the gardens and a few of the trails on the grounds. They were preparing for a poetry reading in the flower garden, so we soon left. Overall, it was a nice outing, but not a place to go more than once. Well… maybe touring the flower garden earlier in the growing season would be nice, so we’ll have to see.