Darien plays host to bash honoring Mather's legacy

The Mather Homestead will celebrate the legacy of Stephen Tyng Mather, (1867-1930,) with a "birthday party" featuring games, fun, and cake on Saturday, June 26, at 4 p.m.

The Mather Homestead will celebrate the legacy of Stephen Tyng Mather, (1867-1930,) with a “birthday party” featuring games, fun, and cake on Saturday, June 26, at 4 p.m.

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DARIEN - The Mather Homestead will celebrate the legacy of Stephen Tyng Mather (1867-1930) on June 26 at 4 p.m. with a birthday party featuring games and cake.

The event is known as “the Mather Mountain Party,” referring to Mather’s trip to the U.S. national parks in 1916, which paved the way for the creation of the National Park Service. The event will recognize Mather’s work as a conservationist and the founder of the modern national parks system.

Mather also owned the homestead from 1906 to 1930, according to the homestead’s website.

For the event, families will be divided into two teams - The Yellowstone Rangers and the Grand Teton Grizzles. The teams will compete in a potato sack race, tug of war, pie eating contest and more. Tickets are available at matherhomestead.org.

The homestead is located at 19 Stephen Mather Road in Darien.