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Public Events

The Long Hill Estate Authority and the Friends of Long Hill sponsor events at the Wadsworth Mansion throughout the year for the enjoyment of the public. Please join us as many of these events are free and created for family enjoyment. Additionally our trails are open from sunrise to sunset. For additional information about any of these events, please call 860-347-1064.

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Haunted Halloween Bash

Friday, October 27, 2017, 7:00PM – 12:00AM, Tickets are $45

Dress as one of Colonel Clarence Wadsworth’s guests or your favorite ghoul and join in the festivities! There will be costume judging with prizes awarded for best of categories! Ages 21 and older only.

Tickets will go on sale September 15, 2017

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Holiday Bazaar

Sunday, December 3, 2017, 10:00AM – 3:00PM, $2 entry

Expect to find unique holiday gifts for your family and friends. Featured vendors from the Open Air Market will be selling their handmade products.

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Fireside

Sunday, December 10, 2017, $10 adults $5 children 6-12 years old
The Wadsworth Mansion welcomes storyteller Tom Lee for a holiday performance featuring folktales and music.  Holiday refreshments and wine will be served.

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New Year’s Day

Monday, January 1, 2018, 1:00PM – 4:00PM, Free

The Friends of Long Hill Estate host an Open House on New Year’s Day.

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides – 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Mansion History Tours with Docents – 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Lite Refreshments – 1:00pm to 3:30pm

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Wadsworth Mansion Wedding Show

Sunday, February 25, 2018. 11:00AM – 3:00PM, $5 per person at the door.
The Wedding Show has been designed to help brides plan their special day at the Wadsworth Mansion. There will be vendors from different venues, each of whom have worked at Long Hill and are familiar with designing unique weddings in the historical building. There will be caterers, florists, photographers, rental companies, wedding cake bakers, as well as vendors who specialize in party favors and invitations, make-up, and hotel accommodations in the area.

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Friends of Long Hill Tea

March, TBD, 2018 1:00PM – 4:00PM, $35 reservations required.

Guests at the Wadsworth Mansion will be treated to a three course tea menu prepared by Kim’s Cottage Confections and estate tea from The Green Room in the East and West ballrooms, where Clarence and Katharine Wadsworth frequently hosted their own lavish parties. Each table will be personally set and decorated by members of the Friends of Long Hill. Invited vendors will be selling unique items in the loggia.

 

Seating is limited; reservations can be made by contacting the Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate, at 860-347-1064. Checks should be made payable to Friends of Long Hill and sent to 421 Wadsworth Street, Middletown, CT 06457.

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Daffodil Day

Sunday, April 22, 2018, 12:00PM – 4:00PM, Free

A plethora of daffodils might be in bloom to greet visitors as they follow the entrance drive leading to the Beaux Art style mansion for this annual celebration of spring. Guests are encouraged to enjoy the meadows planted by volunteers over the last decade. Throughout the afternoon, there will be numerous activities that include kite flying, nature exploration, live music, and a comedy variety show for children. Participate in our Daffodil Dash – A Field Day for the Whole Family. Enjoy delicious food from a variety of food trucks in the oval. Docents will lead guided tours of the Mansion providing a narrative that details the history of the Estate. Furniture donated by the Wadsworth Family will be on display in the History Room.

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Music at the Mansion

Wednesdays in July 2018

Grounds open at 5:30pm, Concerts begin at 6:30pm,  Free.

Each Wednesday in July, the Wadsworth Mansion will open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking, and shows on the Mansion’s back lawn will begin at 6:30 p.m. The concerts are free and open to the public and guests are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and picnics or enjoy delicious food from a participating food truck.

 

Performances:  TBD

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Open Air Market & Festival

Sunday, August 26, 2018, 10:00AM – 4:00PM, Free

The historic Mansion will transform its 700 foot vista into a marketplace and festival where a variety of vendors will gather to sell their Connecticut grown or made products. One can stroll from tent to tent purchasing fresh produce, fruit, cheese, breads and prepared foods. Local artisans, such as potters, painters, and jewelers have been invited to sell their work. Visitors will be encouraged to lounge on the lawn with lunch and listen to live music performed on the patio. Families can bring their children and spend the day. It will be a day to discover the Wadsworth Mansion, enjoy music and art, and experience the tradition of shopping at an open-air market.

Wednesday Historical Tours

 

Every Wednesday from 2:00pm until 4:00pm, the Wadsworth Mansion is open for tours. Docents from the Friends of Long Hill Estate lead guided tours of the Mansion, providing a narrative that details the history of the Estate and the five million dollar renovation. Furniture donated by the Wadsworth Family is on display in the History Room. Please call to confirm tours are being held. Large groups and bus tours, please call ahead.

Spot of Tea & Tour

 

On the second Wednesday of every month, the docents will sweeten their accounts of the Wadsworth family story with some dainty goodies and a cup of tea. The “Spot of Tea & Tour” will be served in the Mansion’s fabled tradition of hospitality and will be offered between 2:00 – 3:00pm. A $5 per person donation is appreciated. Please call to make a reservation at 860-347-1064.

The “Spot of Tea & Tour” is not available during the months of July and August.

Parklands

 

The trails surrounding the Wadsworth Mansion are open to the public daily between sunrise and sunset. Certain areas may be off limits if there is an event at the Mansion. Take only pictures, leave only footprints.