Nathan Hale Homestead

Nathan Hale Homestead The Nathan Hale Homestead was the home of CT State Hero, Nathan Hale. He was hanged as a spy at age 21 by the British in 1776. His famous last words, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”
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The Nathan Hale Homestead was the home of the family of State Hero, Nathan Hale. Constructed in 1776, the current house is the second dwelling built on the property. Much of the acreage associated with the Hale farm, is now the Nathan Hale State Forest. Nathan’s father, Richard Hale, was a prosperous livestock farmer and built the house for his large family. The house is furnished with Hale-family pieces and period antiques and is based on the family inventories. Ardent patriots, six of Richard’s eight sons served in the patriot army. One son, Capt. Nathan Hale was caught and hanged as a spy at age 21 by the British in September of 1776. He is famous for his alleged last words, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” ~~~ HOURS: Open for tours: ◾May: Sat & Sun, 12 PM- 4 PM ◾June-Sept: Wed thru Sun, 12 PM- 4 PM ◾Oct: Sat & Sun, 12 PM- 4 PM Open Memorial Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day The Hale Homestead grounds are open year round from dawn to dusk. Group tours may be scheduled by appointment by contacting (860) 742-6917. PARKING: Parking lot is located on site, free of charge. ADMISSION: Connecticut Landmarks members: Free Adults: $7 Seniors, college students: $6 Families: $15 Children 6-18: $4 Children under 6: Free

A snip-it into this day - Hale family history: A receipt dated January 25, 1862from Chauncey Howard Esq.  (Joanna Hale's...
01/25/2020

A snip-it into this day - Hale family history:

A receipt dated January 25, 1862
from Chauncey Howard Esq. (Joanna Hale's grandson) for the purchase of a coat for $26.00 and a vest for $2.50 totaling $28.50.

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01/24/2020

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Benjamin Franklin once said, “When the well is dry, we learn the worth of water.”Here are beautiful images of the rain b...
01/24/2020

Benjamin Franklin once said, “When the well is dry, we learn the worth of water.”

Here are beautiful images of the rain barrels at Hale Homestead in the chill of winter.

Our Continental Spy of the Week is Caleb Brewster  who has regained notoriety in recent years with  a following of TURN ...
01/22/2020

Our Continental Spy of the Week is Caleb Brewster who has regained notoriety in recent years with a following of TURN fans.

As a young boy Brewster, escaped his hometown of Setauket, New York on a whaling ship. It was the skills he learned on this whaling ship that gave him the adeptness he needed to help reshape the fate of America. His childhood friendship with Benjamin Tallmadge and his knowledge of the sea set the plans in motion and Brewster was recruited to the Culper Spy Ring. Brewster was Tallmadge's man on the sound. He was very adept at maneuvering between Connecticut and New York on the sound and in the coves.

On one occasion, Brewster was detained by 2 British soldiers for questioning. He quickly turned the tables, knocking the
men from their horses and robbing them to throw suspicion off being a spy and to label the incident of that of a robbery.

After the war, Brewster settled in Connecticut, setting up shop as a blacksmith and farmer. For many years he was an officer in the United States Revenue Cutter Service, a forerunner of the Coast Guard.

Artwork - Vance Locke (1913-1977)

It's always fun to see who comes to visit the homestead after a snow fall.
01/20/2020

It's always fun to see who comes to visit the homestead after a snow fall.

Happy Sunday!!!
01/19/2020

Happy Sunday!!!

It's National Hot Buttered Rum Day! There are few things that can take the chill off your bones like hot buttered rum! H...
01/17/2020

It's National Hot Buttered Rum Day!

There are few things that can take the chill off your bones like hot buttered rum!

Here is an old recipe to try.
(Serves 8)

2 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Butter
1 Pinch Salt
2 Quarts Hot Water
3 Cinnamon Sticks
6 Whole Cloves
2 Cups Rum
2 Cups Sweetened Whipped Cream
2 Tbsp Nutmeg

Combine all ingredients except cream and nutmeg.
If using a slow cooker, cover and cook on low for 5 hrs.
If using a sauce pan on a stove top or a kettle over the fire, cover and slow simmer for 4 to 5 hours.
Ladle into cups, top with cream and sprinkle with nutmeg.

Cataloged in Col. Tallmadge’s famed Culper code-book as Agent 724, our Continental Spy of the Week is Austin Roe! A tave...
01/15/2020

Cataloged in Col. Tallmadge’s famed Culper code-book as Agent 724, our Continental Spy of the Week is Austin Roe!

A tavern owner, Austin Roe was closely tied to other members of the Culper Ring, in fact Roe was one of the ring’s most important couriers.

Roe’s countless journeys down Long Island to the city were dangerous, often encountering thieves, loyalists, and British patrols. His missions would cover 50 miles in and out of the city and up Long Island.

After the Revolution, Austin Roe continued to operate his Setauket tavern, where in April 1790 he was visited by none other than former General and spymaster, now President George Washington. It is said he was so excited to see Washington that he fell from his horse and broke his leg.
It is also said that Roe loved to entertain his tavern guests with tales of the good old days and his spy-courier adventures until his death at the age of 81!

Artist - Unknown

On this day in 18th Century History:1741, Benedict Arnold was born in Norwich, CT!Benedict Arnold proved himself as a ma...
01/14/2020

On this day in 18th Century History:
1741, Benedict Arnold was born in Norwich, CT!
Benedict Arnold proved himself as a masterful military leader after joining the Continental Army during the American Revolution, helping Ethan Allen’s troops capture Fort Ticonderoga in 1775, taking part in the attack on British Quebec, which earned him a promotion to brigadier general and he distinguished himself in campaigns at Lake Champlain, Ridgefield and Saratoga.
Arnold gained the attention of G. Washington, however, in 1777, a group of lower-ranking men were promoted ahead of him.
Long (intriguing) story made short; money problems and the resentment Arnold must have felt over not being promoted faster were contributing factors in his decision to become a turncoat thus, Arnold is remembered in history as a traitor instead of a hero!

We would love to see this beautiful and magical location restored back to it's glory. It wonderful to see the community ...
01/12/2020
Keeping memories of Caprilands Herb Farm alive

We would love to see this beautiful and magical location restored back to it's glory.
It wonderful to see the community of Coventry keeping Adelma's memory alive by continuing to honor her.

https://www.journalinquirer.com/connecticut_and_region/keeping-memories-of-caprilands-herb-farm-alive/article_89a04a2c-2e90-11ea-8761-a3ead4f3cc96.html?fbclid=IwAR2gGgxyPooFihBmAuM7e_v_BeUy3fMfUPKUo4HeFlOB7pxKSgwLVyL_Iaw

COVENTRY — Nelson Simmons remembers the last time he was with his late grandmother, Adelma Grenier Simmons, at the Caprilands Herb Farm.

It's National Step In A Puddle and Splash a Friend Day! Enjoy!
01/11/2020

It's National Step In A Puddle and Splash a Friend Day!

Enjoy!

Happy Birthday to our Continental Spy of the Week:John Cadwalader was born on January 10, 1742  in New Jersey but was ra...
01/10/2020

Happy Birthday to our Continental Spy of the Week:

John Cadwalader was born on January 10, 1742 in New Jersey but was raised in Philadelphia. He then studied abroad before returning home and marrying the daughter of the wealthy Colonel Edward Lloyd of Wye of Maryland. Through the association of his father-in-law, Cadwalader became a confidant of General George Washington.

After some military failures, he knew he needed to draft some of his men into the role of espionage. He used the information collected to create maps of Princeton detailing the locations of barracks and weapons and delivered these maps to Gen. George Washington insuring the victory at Princeton!

On this day in 18th century history - Starting Monday, December 15, 1788, to Saturday, January 10, 1789, America held it...
01/09/2020

On this day in 18th century history - Starting Monday, December 15, 1788, to Saturday, January 10, 1789, America held its first presidential election.
No surprise, George Washington won!!

Painting by CT artist John Trumbull, 1792

Thank you to our followers who reached out for a wassail recipe. Wassail Recipe1 cup sugar4 - 6 cinnamon sticks1 small l...
01/07/2020

Thank you to our followers who reached out for a wassail recipe.

Wassail Recipe
1 cup sugar
4 - 6 cinnamon sticks
1 small lemon sliced
2 cups pineapple juice
2 cups orange juice
6 cups dry red wine
½ cup lemon juice
1 cup dry sherry
Another lemon, sliced

Boil the sugar, cinnamon sticks, and 1 sliced lemon in ½ cup of water for 5 minutes and strain into a pot. Discard the cinnamon sticks and lemon slices.

Simmer (DO NOT BOIL) the remaining ingredients. Combine with the syrup, garnish with the lemon slices, and serve hot.

It's National Shortbread Day! Yankee Shortbread1 Cup Butter1/2 Cup Sugar1 3/4 Cups FlourSprinkles OptionalPreheat the ov...
01/06/2020

It's National Shortbread Day!

Yankee Shortbread
1 Cup Butter
1/2 Cup Sugar
1 3/4 Cups Flour
Sprinkles Optional

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
Cream butter.
Add sugar and continue to cream.
Gradually add flour.
Roll 3/4 inch thick and cut into desired shapes.
Add sprinkles (optional)
Tip: Brushing egg whites on the cookies helps the sprinkles stick.
Bake for 25 minutes.

Twelfth NightWassling was an exciting part of the Twelfth Night tradition (January 5) for those whose roots went back to...
01/05/2020

Twelfth Night

Wassling was an exciting part of the Twelfth Night tradition (January 5) for those whose roots went back to England, Ireland or Scotland and/or who lived in farming regions, particularly areas with orchards.
Remember, the Hale family had a large prolific apple orchard.

Some of the Twelfth Night traditions include; braiding small twigs and branches around the trunks of apple trees, pouring wassail over the roots, ringing bells, blowing horns, placing cider soaked toast on the branches to ward off evil spirits and singing the following songs in hopes for an abundant crop in the new year!

“Here’s to thee, old apple-tree,
Whence thou may’st bud, and whence thou may’st blow,
And whence thou may’st bear apples enow
Hats full! caps full!
Bushel-bushel-sacks full,
And my pockets full, too, huzzah!”
or
“Stand fast root, bear well top,
Pray God send us a good howling crop;
Every twig, apples big;
Every bough, apples enough
Hats full, caps full,
Full quarter sacks full”.

Happy Twelfth Night!!

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On this day in Revolutionary War history - British soldiers reported that they had killed Washington, not only were they...
01/03/2020

On this day in Revolutionary War history - British soldiers reported that they had killed Washington, not only were they wrong but the British lost the Battle of Princeton - January 3, 1777.

Who had they killed? Brig. Gen. Hugh Mercer.

Artwork by John Trumbull

The fog rolling in over the fields at Hale Homestead on a recent morning. You can almost see the shadows of the Hale boy...
01/02/2020

The fog rolling in over the fields at Hale Homestead on a recent morning. You can almost see the shadows of the Hale boys coming in from the fields.

Our continental spy of the week is Connecticut's very own Daniel Bissell. Bissell was born in Windsor, CT on December 30...
12/30/2019

Our continental spy of the week is Connecticut's very own Daniel Bissell. Bissell was born in Windsor, CT on December 30 (that's today!) 1754.
In August 1781, Bissell posed as a deserter from the Continental Army. For thirteen months, he served in the British Infantry led by Benedict Arnold. He memorized everything he saw and fled back to continental lines where he was arrested as a deserter. Washington was able to verify Bissell's story and he was released.
There is a sweet story or legend tied to Bissell. George Washington is credited with the creation of the purple heart or the badge of military honor but some say the true inspiration was that while at a ball Sergeant Bissell stepped on his betrothed's purple gown, ripping a piece off the skirt. Bissell bent down picked the piece up and folded it into a heart. When Washington heard this, it is said it inspired the design of the Purple Heart / Merit Badge.

Merry Christmas from our fireside to your fireside!
12/25/2019

Merry Christmas from our fireside to your fireside!

Connecticut Landmarks and Nathan Hale Homestead wish all of you a happy holiday season.Artwork - A magical holiday paint...
12/24/2019

Connecticut Landmarks and Nathan Hale Homestead wish all of you a happy holiday season.

Artwork - A magical holiday painting titled “The Christmas Tree” painted by J. Alden Weir who often visited Nathan Hale Homestead in the early 20th century.

"Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasure...
12/23/2019

"Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!" - Charles Dickens

Image from the Nathan Hale Homestead property 2019

On this day in 1802, John Hale, second child to Richard and Elizabeth Hale passed away at the age of 54. John served in ...
12/22/2019

On this day in 1802, John Hale, second child to Richard and Elizabeth Hale passed away at the age of 54. John served in the Knowlton Rangers. In 1784 he was made Major of the 4th Co., 5th Reg. thus achieving the highest military rank of the Hale family.

While many of you spend this weekend getting last minute decorating done for the holidays we thought we would post this ...
12/21/2019

While many of you spend this weekend getting last minute decorating done for the holidays we thought we would post this beautiful dry-point etching titled Christmas Greens, created by Connecticut artist, J Alden Weir who frequented the Nathan Hale Homestead in the early 20th century.

RecipePlum Pudding AKA Hunter's PuddingA popular dish on both sides of the pond in the 18th century. This pudding would ...
12/20/2019

Recipe
Plum Pudding AKA Hunter's Pudding

A popular dish on both sides of the pond in the 18th century. This pudding would be served for special occasions when guests would be sure to attend. This particular version of the recipe comes from “The Lady’s Assistant”, 1775. Other variations of this recipe often consist of including mace, cinnamon, molasses, apples and nuts.

½ lb. Flour
½ lb. Suet
½ lb. Currants
4 oz. Raisins
2 Tbsp. Candied Orange Peel
2 Tbsp. Candied Citron
1 tsp. Nutmeg
3 Tbsp. Brandy
4 Eggs
1 C Cream
Precut piece of linen and twine.
Mix all the dry ingredients, candied fruits and raisins. Next blend eggs, brandy, and cream. Once blended add to fry ingredients.
Have 2 pots of boiling water. One for boiling the pudding and one for adding as the water boils out of the pudding pot. Boil the cloth for 5 minutes. Take out the cloth and wring out. Flour the cloth. Put dough in a mound and sprinkle flour on the outside of the dough mound. Place in cloth. Tie closed with twine. Boil for 3 hours. DO NOT LET THE WATER STOP BOILING AT ANY POINT! When you remove the pudding from the boiling water, you must submerge it in cold water immediately. This will make it easier to keep the puddling in tact when removing the cloth sack.

Image courtesy of cakeproject.com

On this day in 1771, John Hale (Nathan's brother) married Sarah "Sally" Adams. Sarah was 18 and John was 23. They contin...
12/19/2019

On this day in 1771, John Hale (Nathan's brother) married Sarah "Sally" Adams. Sarah was 18 and John was 23. They continued to live together at the Homestead until John's death in 1802. Sarah, continued to live on the property until her death the following year.

Our highlighted continental spy of the week is Hercules Mullingan. Mulligan emigrated from Ireland. He became a very suc...
12/18/2019

Our highlighted continental spy of the week is Hercules Mullingan. Mulligan emigrated from Ireland. He became a very successful emporium owner. His customers included the crème de la crème of New York society, businessmen and high ranking British officers. Mullingan was known as a great Irish storyteller and used his gift of gab to gather information on the British. He married the niece of Admiral Sanders of the Royal Navy. Despite this relation Mulligan felt no alliance to the British.
In 1773 Hercules opened his doors to a young student named Alexander Hamilton who was in New York to complete his studies at King’s College (now Columbia University). While at King's College, Hamilton boarded in Mulligan's home. During this time Mulligan used their late night chats to influence Hamilton who originally supported British rule over the colonies.

Pole Beans from our kitchen garden.Trying to decide if we should chase away the winter chill by using them for good old ...
12/17/2019

Pole Beans from our kitchen garden.

Trying to decide if we should chase away the winter chill by using them for good old fashion baked beans or vegetable soup.
What do you think?

On This Day in Colonial History:On a moonlit evening on December 16, 1773 a group of 40 to 60 colonists dressed as membe...
12/16/2019

On This Day in Colonial History:
On a moonlit evening on December 16, 1773 a group of 40 to 60 colonists dressed as members of the Mohawk tribe boarded three British ships each carrying a cargo of tea in Boston Harbor. The tea was from the The East India Company. As a sign of solidarity against taxation without representation, the colonists broke open all 342 chests of tea, throwing the contents overboard.
This episode was a precursor on the road to our fight for independence.

On this day, Nathan Hale Homestead remembers David Hale, the 9th child born to Richard and Elizabeth Hale on what would ...
12/15/2019

On this day, Nathan Hale Homestead remembers David Hale, the 9th child born to Richard and Elizabeth Hale on what would have been his 258th birthday. David was born a twin, but his twin, Jonathan died as an infant.

David graduated from Yale in 1785. He became a traveling clergyman in Long Island before settling in a church in Lisbon, CT. He later left the ministry to take over the farm (Hale Homestead) and turned the home into a boarding school.

On this day in 1799, George Washington passed away. Two days prior, Washington was out on horseback supervising plantati...
12/14/2019

On this day in 1799, George Washington passed away. Two days prior, Washington was out on horseback supervising plantation activities. The weather had shifted from snow to freezing rain. Upon returning home he stubbornly refused to change out of his wet clothes before dinner. The next day brought a sore throat and the following day he took his last breath.
Nathan Hale Homestead takes a moment to remember.

Lithograph by C. Regnier

This winter scene could be a snapshot from 240 years ago! You can imagine if we peer in the windows, we'll find Joanna H...
12/13/2019

This winter scene could be a snapshot from 240 years ago! You can imagine if we peer in the windows, we'll find Joanna Hale sitting at the spinning wheel while Abigail Hale and Lydia Carpenter tend to the fires and evening meal and Richard leans on the mantle smoking his clay pipe!

Thank you Easternctdrone.com for this beautiful image!

Really exciting news story! https://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Three-skeletons-found-under-Main-Street-house-14897089.p...
12/12/2019
Three skeletons, possibly Revolutionary War soldiers, found under Ridgefield house

Really exciting news story!

https://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Three-skeletons-found-under-Main-Street-house-14897089.php?src=posthpcp&fbclid=IwAR3lMTQC_FdUCVW42MznTQsSDe_xcgSCDUWp0JPhC_9J5C4wk_SdjevbaDA#item-85307-tbla-4

Human skeletal remains - possibly belonging to Revolutionary War soldiers who fought in the Battle of Ridgefield in 1777 - were discovered under the foundation of an early 18th-century house on Main Street last week.

Our highlighted continental spy of the week is Abraham Patten, who posed as a merchant while collecting information on t...
12/12/2019

Our highlighted continental spy of the week is Abraham Patten, who posed as a merchant while collecting information on the British encamped in the town of Brunswick, NJ.

He bribed a grenadier to deliver 2 messages to General Putnam and 2 messages to General Washington. The grenadier turned Patton into the British and as a result Patton was executed as a spy, less than a year after Nathan Hale's execution.

On this day in 1777, General Washington started marching 12,000 soldiers of his Continental Army from Whitemarsh to Vall...
12/11/2019

On this day in 1777, General Washington started marching 12,000 soldiers of his Continental Army from Whitemarsh to Valley Forge to camp for the winter.

Artwork by Adam Azar

12/10/2019
Rainy Day at Hale

And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow. - G.K. Chesterton

Scenes and sounds of a rainy day at the Nathan Hale Homestead!

Under the blanket of snow, the property can become completely silent.  If you  pause to observe your surroundings you ca...
12/09/2019

Under the blanket of snow, the property can become completely silent. If you pause to observe your surroundings you can imagine the Homestead, just as it was in 1776.

Thank you VeteransAerialMedia for sharing this beautiful New England winter scene of the Nathan Hale Homestead!

Artwork by VeteransAerialMedia Easternctdrone.com

Today is National Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day! If you could make a jump in time for just one day,  when and where ...
12/08/2019

Today is National Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day!

If you could make a jump in time for just one day, when and where would you jump to?

It's never too soon to plan your New Year celebrations! Celebrate at the Butler McCook House and Garden Tuesday, Decembe...
12/07/2019

It's never too soon to plan your New Year celebrations!

Celebrate at the Butler McCook House and Garden
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 1 PM – 5:30 PM
396 Main St,Hartford, CT

For more information visit ctlandmarks.org

On the same day that Nathan Hale was executed as a spy, another man was arrested by the British, also as a spy. Our high...
12/06/2019

On the same day that Nathan Hale was executed as a spy, another man was arrested by the British, also as a spy. Our highlighted continental spy of the week is Haym Salomon, a Polish-born businessman and political financial broker, who was arrested and imprisoned as a spy, September 22, 1776.
Salomon was released to the custody of General von Heister, commander of Hessian mercenaries who needed Salomon to work as an interpreter. Little did the General know that Salomon actually convinced a number of Hessian troops to desert!
Salomon was again captured and sentenced to death as a saboteur in 1778. He was able to escape and lived out his life in Philadelphia.

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Ate you doing the haunted corn maze this year?
Out with the deer and coyotes last night at the Homestead.
Some gave all. Memorial to Capt. Nathan Hale on the green in Coventry, CT.
Taken last week.
Here is a Video of the Homestead I shot a few weeks ago. I live near
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Great tour yesterday with my kids. A huge thank you to our wonderful guide who made the tour on the perfect level for my children and kept them interested and engaged in history.
The good doctor wanted to pass this along, as I know you use brick tea in your talks. I found this on the web site of Dobyns and Martin, purveyors of 18th century food items. "BRICK TEA WAS NOT AVAILABLE, NOR DESIRED, IN COLONIAL AMERICA! There is no evidence to support it. Brick tea was made from the sweepings of the tea sorting floor, mixed with ox blood or manure, compacted into bricks for easy transport on the China Road into Siberia. Once there is was generally mixed with rancid yak butter for a dish, not a beverage. Yum!"
After a fresh snowfall last winter.
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She was "even good during school " and was able to play outside for recess!!