Ridgefield is a town full of rich history, filled with beautifully preserved colonial architecture, revolutionary sites, and of course – our beloved Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center. The Keeler Tavern Museum’s storied history dates back hundreds of years and the property has been a farmhouse, tavern, stagecoach stop, post office, hotel for travelers, and the home of noted architect Cass Gilbert.
We sat down with Keeler Tavern Museum’s Head of Communications & Grants, Katie Burton, to find out about the latest news and happenings at the museum this summer.
What’s happening at Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center this summer?
There’s a lot happening at the museum this summer – from a reinterpretation project focused on more inclusive and interactive storytelling, to popular community collaborations bringing music and art to our historic site, to Keeler Kids programs that weave local history into fun projects and activities for kids of all ages, to the return of CT Summer at the Museum, which means free site admission for CT kids and an accompanying adult.
One of the things we’re most excited about is spreading the word about our broader site experience. Sometimes people think about historic house museums as places where you take a tour and leave. But we’re really committed to making sure visitors get the most out of our site, which means so much more than a (really great) tour. Instead of tour admission, we have site admission, which covers a full day’s worth of activities at our site: a guided tour, exhibit access and activities in the Gilbert Wing and historic carriage barn, a self-guided walking tour, access to our gorgeous walled garden. And of course there should always be time set aside to peruse our Museum Shop. This spring, our volunteers did a fantastic job curating a selection of new merchandise, great options for gifts and souvenirs for people of all ages.