DARIEN — History never seemed so alive as on Saturday afternoon, when the Mather Homestead hosted its second annual Homestead Harvest Fest.

Around 100 families popped in to enjoy an old-style event that largely took place outdoors, with scavenger hunts, pony rides, games and food.

“This is a chance to open up the property for families, so they can enjoy the beauty of it in the fall, as well as learn a little bit about our history,” said Lauren Swenson, executive director.

Built in 1778 by Deacon Joseph Mather, seven generations of the family lived on the 100-acre farm.

In 2016, the McPherson family deeded the house to the nonprofit foundation to care for its as a museum.

The house is also a National Historic Landmark.