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.
THE COS COB ART COLONY
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.
GREENWICH IN THE NEW NATION
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.
SLAVERY FOCUSED TOURS
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.