Butler-McCook House & Garden
Butler-McCook House & Garden

Butler-McCook House & Garden

396 Main Street

Hartford, CT 06103 | 860.247.8996 x 11

Open for tours May through December on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 1-4 pm, for public programs, and by appointment at least 7 days in advance by calling the number above or emailing butler.mccook@ctlandmarks.org.


For 189 years the Butler-McCook House & Garden was home to four generations of a family who participated in, witnessed, and recorded the evolution of Main Street between the American Revolution and the mid-twentieth century. The house’s exterior looks much as it did when it was built in 1782. Behind it is a restored Victorian ornamental garden, originally laid out in 1865. Inside are the original furnishings ranging from Connecticut-crafted colonial furniture to Victorian-era toys and paintings, to samurai armor acquired during a trip to Japan. The objects were accumulated over the course of almost two centuries by members of this extraordinary clan, which included physicians, industrialists, missionaries, artists, globe trotters and pioneering educators and social reformers.

The McCook family’s garden oasis was designed by famed landscape architect Jacob Weidenmann, the designer of Bushnell Park, and lovingly cared for by the McCooks over one hundred years. It is the only surviving domestic commission by Weidenmann. It features beds filled with peonies, roses and iris.

For admission and directions, visit www.ctlandmarks.org/butler-mccook.

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