Daffodil Festival 2019: Celebrate Spring!

The Wadsworth Mansion’s Daffodil Festival has improved each and every year, adding in live music, more vendors, tours, and fun outdoor activities. This year, we’re making things even better at the Beaux Art style mansion. You’ll be able to go on Docent-guided tours, nature walks, and even watch a raptor presentation by A Place Called Hope, LLC.

The Daffodil Festival has taken place every year since it first started over 20 years ago on April 26, 1997. Back then, it wasn’t the large event that it is today. During the first festival, the Friends of Long Hill Estate invited locals from Middletown to welcome Spring amid daffodils that they had planted in the autumn with the Middletown Garden Club. At the time, the mansion was undergoing renovations and construction after it had been left to molder for years. However, this first festival, complete with live music and a small tent, cemented the idea that the Wadsworth Mansion was a place for everyone.

Over the years, thousands of daffodils have been planted on the estate and Daffodil Day itself has become an annual tradition. Previous events have included sheep dogs herding sheep on the Vista, naturalists helping visitors investigate the Vernal Pool, and so much more.

With the help of dedicated volunteers, the trails and grounds of the Wadsworth Mansion has become a beautiful public resource. Guests can enjoy the 103 acres of parkland as they walk along beautiful nature trails, enjoy the spring flowers already in bloom, learn the story of this historic mansion, and connect with one another in this shared space.

We’re so excited to host another Daffodil Festival this year. The daffodils are already on full display at the entrance to the mansion, and the cherry blossom trees are in full bloom. This year, we’re teaming up with Middletown Rocks FB to encourage attendees to paint, hide, and find painted rocks among the Mansion grounds and trails. We were specifically inspired by the Kindness Rocks movement, and think it’s a great way to welcome the spring season!

If you happen to be in the area, remember to swing by the mansion on April 28 starting at 1:00 PM. We’ll have food trucks, live music, fun outdoor activities, and plenty to see and do! And if you have a chance, let us know what you think! We definitely want to make sure that the Daffodil Festival gets better each and every year.

See you at the Festival!

For more information about the schedule of events at the Daffodil Festival, click here.


Celebrating Spring

Although the weather has been a little rainy and gloomy as of late here at the Mansion, it was nothing short of perfection for our annual Daffodil Day event on Sunday, April 24, 2016. We had quite the turn out of visitors and volunteers alike, who enjoyed a relaxing afternoon in the sunshine with historical tours, guided hikes, and food truck picnicking. Our 1st Annual Daffodil Dash was excellent fun for the teams and spectators alike, with smiling faces, elevated heart rates, and good sportsmanship abounding. Cash Lane Slim’s smooth vocals and guitar wafted through the mansion while Mr. Bungles’ bubbles drifted across the terrace, delighting attendees of all ages. A grand time was had by all, so much so that we almost can’t wait to host Daffodil Day again next year! (But first…wedding season…)

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Natalie Newman Locke, the Event Supervisor and a Wadsworth Mansion bride herself, is a seasoned wedding & production professional.  When not creatively writing, photographing weddings, or acting as social media guru, she enjoys sampling wedding cake.