The Mather Center will hold a new education center information session Wednesday, May 22, 7 to 8:15 p.m. in the garden. The center will be The Elizabeth W. Chilton Education Center - a.k.a "the Barn."
The Mather Homestead will embark upon a plan to rebuild the "barn" as an education center. The new barn will house lectures, school groups, art exhibits and more, enabling the Mather Homestead to reach its vision of becoming a preeminent center for historical education in Fairfield County.
The Mather Homestead has already become a center for historical enjoyment and education in its first two years as a public space. Inside the house, individuals have come to tour the 1778 home, discuss books, eat dinner and socialize. Outside, Boy Scouts and other community volunteers have worked to beautify and restore the gardens; children have enjoyed tea in the garden; and families have bobbed for apples and ridden ponies at the 2017 and 2018 Fall Harvest Festivals. The Homestead has also welcomed renowned historical authors Gordon Wood and Harold Holzer as speakers. However, with inadequate space at the Homestead, these lectures have taken place in a barn on an adjacent property once owned by Joseph Mather and now owned by an exceptionally generous neighboring family.
The Barn will enable The Mather Homestead to reach its vision of becoming a preeminent center for historical education in Fairfield County.