Harrybrooke Park museum now open for tours
Published 12:00 am, Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Harrybrooke Park in New Milford will reopen the Harden House Museum to the public for tours once again beginning this month.
The park was the home of Frank and Elizabeth Harden.
The Harden House Museum will officially host a grand re-opening June 15, which would have been the 73rd anniversary of the Harden’s wedding.
“Growing up in New Milford, everyone came to Harrybrooke for picnics, walks or a jog,” said Bill Buckbee, Harrybrooke Park’s fundraising coordinator and Harden House tour guide.
“But a small percentage of the people actually know the Hardens’ story,” he said.
“By re-opening the doors to the Harden House Museum, we have the ability to share even more of the beauty and history of this town and of these two outstanding people,” he noted.
Tours were offered for years, but due to the dilapidation of the building, they were discontinued.
Through the hard work of the board of managers, Harrybrooke Park’s Friends of Harrybrooke, and the donations of the community, the house has been restored to its beautiful state.
“In their will, the Hardens left a substantial amount of money from which the organization receives just the interest, nothing from the principle,” Buckbee said.
“As the years have gone by, the dollars don’t stretch as far as they did initially, so additional fundraisers like this have been added,” he said.
“Area residents can expect to see more events and opportunities to be involved in the park, and more importantly, to enjoy it,” he explained.
A soft open of the museum has already begun on Saturdays and Sundays, with tours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the hour, for a maximum of four visitors at a time, for a suggested donation of $5.
The museum also features a small gift shop, and all proceeds will benefit the park and the Harden House Museum.
Reservations for tours are encouraged but not mandatory.
Other tour times can be arranged by appointment by calling 860-799-6520 or by emailing HarrybrookePark65@gmail.com.
For more information, visit www.harrybrookepark.org, or call 860-799-6250.