Butler-McCook House & Garden
The Butler-McCook House has retained much of its original design.
The Butler-McCook House is home to a Victorian ornamental garden.
An interior view of the house's museum.
Backstory and Context
Built in 1782, the Butler-McCook House is the last eighteenth-century home remaining on Hartford's Main Street. The historic home's exterior looks very similar to its original design. The Butlers and McCooks documented the growth of Main Street from the days of the American Revolution until the mid-twentieth century, making the house the perfect spot for a museum; the home now houses Hartford's Main Street History Center and is available for tours by advance reservation. The Butler-McCook House is also home to a restored Victorian ornamental garden, which was originally designed in 1865. The property is also available to rent.
The Hartford Public Library offers an additional opportunity to explore the history of Main Street, as its History Center which is located on the library's third floor offers a self-guided exhibit, "Witnesses of Main Street," and a guided tour that focuses on the Butler-McClure family during the 19th century.
Butler-McCook House and Garden, Connecticut's Historic Gardens. Accessed March 2nd 2021. https://www.cthistoricgardens.org/butler-mccook-house-garden.
Butler-McCook House and Garden, Connecticut Landmarks. Accessed March 2nd 2021. https://ctlandmarks.org/properties/butler-mccook-house-garden-2/.