If you’ve never visited the Trust’s headquarters at the Atwood Farm, this Saturday would be a good time.

It’s Connecticut Open House Day when the Trust will be one of hundreds of places around the state welcoming visitors to check them out.

The farm at  624 Wormwood Hill Road in Mansfield will be open from noon to 4 p.m., enabling visitors to roam the grounds and check out a number of exhibits including an antique baby tenda crib and the 1875 “butter worker” from the barn. Trust volunteers will be there to offer you a chance to shake some cream into butter; or, at a nearby exhibit, learn how to “rope” a bed.

Our weaver’s cottage is awaiting some structural repairs, but our experts will be bringing out the flax brake, scutching board and knife and showing how to transform retted flax plants into linen yarn. (Retting, for those of you who don’t know, is the process of using moisture and microbial action to break down the flax plants and separate the fibers from the stem.)


This is retting flax. Early settlers had no kiddie pool, of course…
And this bed is waiting to be roped.