New Haven’s Pardee-Morris House is a veritable haven for cultural events throughout this summer. From its Twilight Concerts to art exhibits and fit walks, the New Haven landmark promises locals as well as tourists plenty of seasonal fun in 2019.
Located at 325 Lighthouse Road, the Pardee-Morris House is one of the oldest surviving historical structures in the state. Amos Morris, Revolutionary War veteran and Connecticut native, built his home around 1750. Nearly thirty-years later, however, the bucolic country estate was burned by the British during their raid on New Haven. It was subsequently rebuilt by the Morris family. Fast forward to the twentieth century, where, in 1918, William S. Pardee, a descendant to the Morris family, willed the property to the New Haven Colony Historical Society, which, today, is the New Haven Museum.
Between 2000 and 2010, the Pardee-Morris House was closed to the public for repairs and maintenance. Restoration work began in 2009, and the house was thus reopened for Sunday tours and summer events. Continuing the trend of bringing this prominent and storied relic to its former glory, additional improvements have recently been made to the attic, basement, and grounds. The NHM currently seeks additional funds to restore the remainder of the property.
In the meantime, all are not only welcome to take a tour of the beautiful home, but encouraged to partake in its upcoming summer fun schedule. Among the many events are the Twilight Concerts, all of which begin at 7:00 p.m. and offer free admission to attendees, who are asked to park along Lighthouse Road and bring with them blankets and chairs for lawn seating. As for food and drink, food trucks will be on site.
Too Blue, a bluegrass swing band will be playing on June 26th; on July 10th, fans of rootsy, Americana can check out The Local Honey Project; The Curl Daddys, playing an amalgamation of California surf and rockabilly, play on July 24th; on August 7th, Afro-Cuban influenced Ed Fast & Conga Bop will delight fans with jazz standards as well as their soulful originals.
Aside from the exciting local music scene at the Pardee-Morris House this summer, there will be a host of other worthwhile events. June 15th’s Domestic Build-Up features new work by Richard Killeaney in a series of to-scale contemporary quilt design collages. Killeaney, a Bridgeport-based artist and quilt maker, found inspiration for his collages from the quotidian events of the past occupants of the Pardee-Morris House. The Summer Talk Series will focus on the history of Connecticut food (July 21st), as well as monarch butterflies (August 18th).
Those who want to burn a few calories this summer can enjoy Fit Walks with Shana, which is a group walk around Morris Cove and Lighthouse Point Park. Morris Cove Day, which will celebrate New Haven’s rich and impressive history, will be an appropriate end to the summer on August 24th. The community event will see the Pardee-Morris House as a mecca of entertainment, crafts, activities, food, and much more.
For more information on the Pardee-Morris House and its many offerings this summer, please visit their website at www.newhavenmuseum.org.