Mystic, Connecticut

Nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of Mystic, Connecticut, lies the Denison Homestead, a historic gem steeped in colonial charm and family legacy.

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Nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of Mystic, Connecticut, lies the Denison Homestead, a historic gem steeped in colonial charm and family legacy. Originally known as Pequotsepos Manor, the house traces its roots back to 1654, when Captain George Denison and his family settled on this land granted by Pequot Plantation. Over the ensuing centuries, the Denison family flourished, their name becoming synonymous with the region's social, political, and economic landscape.

The current structure, built in 1717, stands as a testament to the family's enduring presence. It has passed through eleven generations of Denisons, preserving the essence of their heritage and shaping the architectural landscape of Mystic. In 1930, Ann Borodell Denison Gates, affectionately known as Aunt Annie, established the George and Ann Borodell Denison Society, dedicated to preserving the homestead's legacy and transforming it into a museum.

Under the guidance of renowned Connecticut architect J. Frederick Kelly, the Denison Homestead underwent a meticulous restoration, meticulously preserving its historical integrity while infusing it with modern museum standards. Each of the five main rooms was meticulously furnished and decorated to reflect a different era of Denison family history, ranging from the 1730s colonial kitchen to the 1930s parlor.

Today, the Denison Homestead stands as a captivating blend of history and contemporary interpretation. Visitors can immerse themselves in the lives of the Denisons by exploring the meticulously recreated rooms, adorned with heirlooms and artifacts that evoke the spirit of the past. The house's grandeur is further enhanced by the sprawling Pequotsepos Wildlife Sanctuary, established by the Denison Society in 1946, providing a tranquil haven for wildlife and a glimpse into the region's natural beauty.

The Denison Homestead's significance extends beyond its architectural charm and family heritage. In 1979, it was recognized for its historical significance by being added to the National Register of Historic Places. This designation reflects the house's unique role in portraying Connecticut's colonial era and the enduring legacy of the Denison family. The reference number for the home's listing is 79002650.

Whether you're an avid history buff, an admirer of colonial architecture, or simply seeking a tranquil retreat, the Denison Homestead beckons you to step back in time and immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Mystic's past. Its captivating blend of history, family legacy, and natural beauty makes it a must-visit destination for anyone seeking a glimpse into the heart of Connecticut.

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120 Pequotsepos Road, Mystic, Connecticut

GPS Coordinates:
41.363158, -71.947602
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Parking Notes:
There is a good-sized dirt parking lot located at the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center which is just a few hundred feet from the historic home. Parking is free and the lot can hold about 2 dozen cars. There is additional parking just off Pequotsepos Road to the west of the home.


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