The homestead hosts the popular Coventry Regional Farmersâ€™ Market (CRFM); the market and town of Coventry have signed on for a 10-year agreement with Connecticut Landmarks over the winter.
New for this season is that CRFM won the Great Barn Giveaway, a nationwide competition, for a open air barn structure from W.H. Silverstein, Inc., the Farmers Market Coalition and the American Farmland Trust. The 24-foot by 36-foot Yankee Post & Beam barn is going up in the market field at the site.
Nathan Hale is Connecticut’s state hero. A special ribbon-cutting ceremony on what would be his 236th birthday, Saturday, June 10, starts at 1:30 p.m. to mark the addition of new and improved visitor facilities in the homestead ell.
Invited guests include Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Agriculture Steven Reviczky, U.S. Congressman Joe Courtney, State Representative Tim Ackert, Coventry Town Manager John Elsesser, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Catherine Smith, former Congressman Rob Simmons, and members of the Coventry Town Council.
Improvements include a new roof for the ell, plus admission, greeting and gift shop space; a program kitchen to support the homestead’s school and hearth cooking programs; and public restrooms.
Connecticut Landmarks is in the final stage of the Nathan Hale Homestead Preservation, Restoration & Reinterpretation Project to preserve, renovate and re-interpret the homestead, conducting detailed research on the 17-acre site, historic barns and agricultural history; restoring interior features and finishes; and developing new family and youth-based programs.