Start at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, I-95 Exit 70. Ms. Griswold took in artists as boarders and inadvertently created an artists' colony!
Then head north on Rte. 9 to visit the Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Hartford, I-84 Exit 46. "The woman who started the Civil War" also wrote a how-to book on domestic living.
Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, I-84 Exit 39 was home to Theodate Pope Riddle, architect and creator of Hill-Stead's beauty, and daughter of its art collector. She was one of the first licensed architects in the US.
The Holley-Williams House in Lakeville, Rtes. 41 & 44, a 19th century family museum, emphasizes the role of women. Stay at one of the inns in Lakeville and plan to take a walk on the Appalachian Trail before hitting the trail back home.
DRIVING TIP: Approximate driving distance between furthest points (1 & 4) is 85 miles.
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