Daffodil Day at the Wadsworth Mansion

Sunday, April 26, 2020, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Free

Join us for our annual Daffodil Day at the Wadsworth Mansion! This event is free, open to the public, and will be held rain or shine.

A plethora of indoor and outdoor activities include:


  • 1:00-3:30 Docent Tours
  • 1:00-4:00 Rock painting activity on the terrace
  • 1:00-4:00 Headin’ Home Music performance
  • 1:15 Guided family nature walk around the Mansion grounds
  • 1:30-3:30 Vernal Pool Exploration with Everyone Outside
  • 2:00 A Place Called Hope Raptor presentation
  • 3:00 Lessons in Letterboxing at the Vernal Pool


Chet’s Italian Ice, NoRA Cupcake Truck, Franks Woodfired Pizza Truck, and Skyscraper Sandwich Truck will tantalize visitors with delicious food sold from their food trucks. Bring your appetite and grab a bite!


From 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM enjoy live music with the father and daughter duo Headin’ Home. Hailing from the highlands of Western Connecticut, Father-Daughter duo Headin’ Home creates a joyous sound, flowing easily from their love of sharing music together.  Dan Gedden (guitar/vocals) and Christine Hedden (fiddle) dig into the soil of New England and Irish traditions, playing both traditional tunes/songs as well as originals grown from these traditional seeds.  For more information, visit www.headinhomemusic.com


Everyone Outside (www.EveryoneOutside.org) staff will offer a variety of outdoor family fun activities. There will be a guided nature walk to explore the Wadsworth Mansion grounds. Meet in front of the mansion at 1:15 PM.  Everyone Outside staff will be at the Vernal Pool on the east side of the mansion to show the amazing creatures found in vernal pools at this time of year including frogs, salamander eggs, tadpoles, insect larvae, and more! Viewing scopes will be available. Come visit the vernal pool anytime between 1:30 and 3:30 PM.  At 3:00 there will be a lesson in how to find letterboxes meeting at the vernal pool. Letterboxing is a treasure hunt type game. You follow clues to find a small box often along a trail in the woods. There are over 100 letterboxes hidden in the Middletown area.


At 2:00 PM there will be a presentation by A Place Called Hope, a Raptor Rehabilitation and Education Center which specializes in the rescue and care of Connecticutʼs wild injured, orphaned or ill Birds of Prey. The goal of this volunteer based organization is to preserve wildlife for the future by protecting wild raptor species and promoting an understanding of how we as humans can lessen conflicts with wildlife in our very own backyards. Handlers share resident raptor species with the public for a unique up close experience as each bird shares its own personal story of survival. For more information please visitwww.aplacecalledhoperaptors.com or email hope4raptors@yahoo.com


We’re teaming up again this year with the “Middletown Rocks FB” Facebook group to encourage attendees to paint, hide, and find painted rocks among the Mansion grounds and trails.  Inspired by the Kindness Rocks movement, we want to add some color and inspiration to welcome the spring season.  There will be a rock painting station on the terrace throughout the day (weather permitting), and guests are invited to paint rocks at home to bring with them to hide among the grounds and trails.  Click here for a getting started guide.  Any rocks found, be sure to post onto the “Middletown Rocks FB” Facebook page and tag the Wadsworth Mansion.


Ongoing throughout the afternoon, docents from the Friends of Long Hill Estate 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.


Guests are encouraged bring a kite to fly on the vista, enjoy independently the 103 acres of parklands and view the daffodils that will bloom sometime in April assuring us all that spring has finally arrived.

Check out some photos of past Daffodil Day activities at the Mansion!