Kids can visit the Mather Homestead in Darien for free this summer. Here’s why.

DARIEN — The Mather Homestead will offer free access to children and their caregivers this summer, thanks to a statewide grant.

Through the Connecticut Summer at the Museum grant program, the Darien museum received $2,640 in funding to provide free tours of the property — and expanded museum hours.

Starting July 1 and running until Sept. 5, children under the age of 18 and their caregivers can request a tour of the Mather Homestead, a National Historic Landmark that recently opened to the public. The homestead at 19 Stephen Mather Road sits on around 16 acres of protected open land.

The tour takes visitors through the home’s Revolutionary War-era history, including a 1776 raid by Tories. It also delves into the life and contributions of Darien resident Stephen Tyng Mather, a prominent conservationist who was the first director of the National Park Service.

The grant program, administrated through Connecticut Humanities, uses funding through the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act.

Interested museum visitors should contact the museum for a tour by appointment, open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Weekend hours run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Email info@matherhomestead or call (203) 202-7602 to schedule a visit.