SOUTHINGTON – The Barnes Museum and Bradley Mountain Farms are teaming up to offer a virtual tour of the Bradley Homestead, a historic building built in 1812 and restored by Bradley Mountain Farms.
The tour will be streamed at 10 a.m. Wednesday over Facebook on The Barnes Museum’s Facebook Page, facebook.com/barnesmuseum, as part of its “What is it Wednesday” series. The video will then be posted on The Barnes Museum’s YouTube page, “The Bradley Barnes Homestead,” where people can also view past “What is it Wednesday” videos.
“What is it Wednesday is a really fun way to bring Southington history to the community,” said Kristi Sadowski, executive director of The Barnes Museum and Southington Public Library. “We have received very positive feedback from past videos and from our Songs of the Steinway series where songs are played on The Barnes Museum’s player piano.”
The Bradley Homestead is the childhood home of Amon Bradley, who later built the home which would become The Barnes Museum in 1836. Amon Bradley was the grandfather of Bradley Barnes, who donated the family home and its collection of antiques to the town as a museum upon his death.
The Bradley Homestead is now owned by Bradley Mountain Farms, who completed restoration work in 2017. Everything had been returned to how it was in 1812 except for the electricity. The home was originally built in England in 1812 and shipped overseas. Before Bradley Mountain Farms restored it, 1926 was the last year it had been lived in by a member of the Barnes family.
“We renovated the whole first floor and the second floor,” said Anneliese Dadras, owner of Bradley Mountain Farms. “The barn had not been touched in 40 years and we got the fireplace up and running again. We went down to the wood and found the original colors that the home had been painted with and we re-painted it like that. We also found the original blessing of the home inscribed on one fireplace in 1818. We had a furniture historian come in and make everything look as though it were aged 200 years and appropriate for the house as well.”
Bonnie Plourde, curator of The Barnes Museum, said she expects people will enjoy seeing the murals and other items owned by Bradley Barnes’ family that go back 100 years before even most of what is shown at The Barnes Museum.
“Anneliese did a beautiful job with the renovation,” she said. “During COVID-19 and social distancing we’re trying to bring a little bit of a smile to people’s faces with our outreach efforts. We’re glad to be doing our part.”
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.