Indoor & Outdoor Event Venues

West Lawn & Veranda

facilityA superb setting with vistas of the Litchfield Hills and nearby views of the estate’s farm buildings, meadows and pond, this area can accommodate large gatherings and is suitable for a tent.  A Mount Vernon-style veranda at the front façade complements this expansive space.

  • Capacity: 200+ for dinner seating, 200+ standing.
  • Maximum tent size 60’ x 150’.
  • Electrical service is close by and allows for convenient catering.

Grass Court

Grass-Court-tent-with-view-of-museumOnce the Pope family’s grass tennis court, this site is situated across the entry drive from the Sunken Garden and adjacent to the West Lawn. Accented by handcrafted stone walls on two sides, the Grass Court offers views of the 1901 Colonial Revival home, with its Mount Vernon-style veranda.

  • Capacity: 200 for seated reception, 200 standing.
  • Maximum tent size 60’ x 100’.
  • Electrical and water connections accommodate caterers and other vendors.

Pope Board Room

Hill-Stead-Board-RoomHost your small gathering (evenings and weekends only) in this tastefully-decorated room adjacent to the museum’s historic house. A connecting stone porch can be used for cocktails in fair weather. The Pope Board Room also serves as a bride’s dressing room with private restroom.

  • Capacity: 24 for dinner seating, 50 standing reception (including use of porch), 30 lecture-style seating.

Sunken Garden

Hill-Stead gardens-34_100720This magical, Beatrix Farrand-designed one-acre perennial sunken garden blooms from early spring through autumn. Set in a natural depression and surrounded by rustic stone walls, the garden’s ever-changing colors reflect the palette of Hill-Stead’s collection of Impressionist paintings. A summer house at the center is a focal point, accented by brick pathways radiating out among 36 flower beds.

  • Capacity: 200 standing reception.
  • Tents are not allowed in the Sunken Garden.

Makeshift Theater

Makeshift-Event-Sept2007-001This airy Arts and Crafts-style space, originally designed as a movie theater, provides a charming and rustic setting for many different occasions. An adjacent gallery space further expands the possibilities.

  • Capacity: 80 for dinner seating, 100 standing reception, 125 lecture-style seating.
  • The Makeshift Theater now has central air conditioning.

 

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