Boothe Memorial Park and Museum- Stratford, Connecticut
Situated on 32-acres in the in the southwest corner of Connecticut lies one of the most unique tourist spots I’ve seen in quite awhile. In 1914, two brothers, David and Stephen Boothe, established a museum park that held a unique array of buildings on a sprawling expanse of land. Included in the park is a blacksmith shop, clock tower, lighthouse, a non-denominational chapel, observatory, and trolley station among other architecturally different buildings. A model train exhibit is on site, as well as displays of early farm life- including an unexplained chicken coop. Perhaps the most interesting display is of the last standing toll booth plaza in Connecticut before they were abolished statewide. The log cabin like structure was located in Milford, CT along the Merritt Parkway from 1940-1988 before its removal.
The Booth Memorial Park also lays claim to the “Oldest Homestead in America.” The current home, built in 1840, sits atop a foundation from a 1663 home and has been continuously occupied since that time.