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39 Strickland Road Fairfield County
Cos Cob , Connecticut 06807

Contact Information:
Phone: 203-869-6899
Fax: 203-861-9720

Adults: $10
Seniors & Students: $8
Children 6 and under: Free
Members: Free

Guided tours of the exhibition and the Bush-Holley House are available on Wednesday - Sundays at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. The cost of the guided tours is $6 per person, free for children under 12.

Bush-Holley House Museum
Overlooking historic Cos Cob Harbor, four buildings with historic landscape and grounds restored circa 1900, serve as the Historical Society's museum and library. Once home to Connecticut's first art colony, Bush-Holley is the centerpiece of the Greenwich Historical Society’s site on Cos Cob Harbor in Greenwich with two distinct time periods depicted - the New Nation (1790-1825) and the Cos Cob Art Colony (1890-1920). Bush-Holley House has well-documented rooms within the house feature art, furnishings and objects from these two periods, while the historic buildings, landscape and gardens evoke the turn of the twentieth century when Cos Cob became an art colony and cradle of American Impressionism. The Storehouse museum gallery features changing exhibitions.
If you're in Greenwich, go there. It is convenient to downtown Greenwich, small and artistic. Kid friendly. A lot about Greenwich founding and colonial revolutionary war history and old founders of the area. Not too far from Bruce museum and metro north railroad Class trip friendly.
A guided tour of the Bush-Holley House begins in 1900 as four authentic period rooms recreate the Holley boarding-house during the Cos Cob art colony era begun in 1890 by American Impressionists John Henry Twachtman and J. Alden Weir. Art work on display in the guest room used by Childe Hassam and in Elmer MacRae's studio illustrate how the house and its setting inspired artists.

The tour then steps back to the year 1821 to explore the history of the last generations of the Bush household to occupy the 1730s saltbox mansion. The merchant's bedroom, widow's sick room and newlyweds' stylish parlor contrast with the slaves' attic sleeping quarters. The unique presentation of slave quarters distinguishes Bush-Holley House as one of the few historic homes in New England to interpret the everyday lives of slaves.

Groups can also arrange to take a special tour of Bush-Holley House focusing on the history of slavery in Connecticut . The special program is by advance reservation and emphasizes the roles of the Bush family slaves. In the house, visitors are encouraged to handle and use reproduction objects relating to the everyday lives of slaves.

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