Brookside Farm Museum
Cultivating the Story: Avery, Smith and Harris, 1845-1955

House Tours

June through August
Fridays, through Sundays, 12 pm to 4 pm
*Closed July 4th Weekend
suggested donation: $5
The Smith-Harris House at Brookside Farm Museum opens in June for visitors for the summer season! Tours are every hour on the half-hour, starting at 12:30 pm; last tour at 3:30 pm. A 45-minute guided tour of the Greek-Revival farmhouse demonstrates the family and agricultural lives of the Avery, Smith, and Harris families through the 1840s and into the mid-20th century! Discover what East Lyme was like around the time of the Civil War and afterwards! For more information, contact curator Joanie DiMartino at 860-739-0761 or


Annual Plant Sale

Saturday, May 9th, 9 am to 3 pm
Friends of Smith-Harris House

Smith-Harris House Barn

Just in time for Mother’s Day! Prepare your summer garden at the Friends of Smith-Harris House annual plant sale fundraiser! From blossoms to bulbs, this sale is sure to have everything you need to stay ‘in-bloom’ until the leaves fall! Annuals, perennials, hanging plants, and vegetable starters are just a few of the types of plants available, and all proceeds will benefit preservation and public programs at the Brookside Farm Museum (Smith-Harris House). Is your thumb “heirloom green?” Then consider volunteering with the Smith-Harris House garden team, to help keep our historic-varietals garden at it’s best year-round! Sign-up sheets will be available at the plant sale. For more information, call 860-739-0761 or email


Open-House Museum Day

Saturday, June 13
10 am to 3 pm, Free!
Enjoy historic games on the lawn, tours of the House, and historic-inspired refreshments. Also, meet and chat with Mrs. Elizabeth Avery Henderson, a setagenarian who lived with her brother, Thomas Avery, during the 1860s, portrayed by East Lyme’s own Maggi Prokop. For more information, contact curator Joanie DiMartino at 860-739-0761 or Sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Culture and Tourism.

Afternoon Honey Tea

Sunday, June 28
1 pm to 3 pm, $15 per person
Inspired by William (Thomas’s son) Avery’s apiary business interests (four hives were listed as part of his estate), we’ll spend the afternoon with local apiarist Steve Dinsmore, President of the Connecticut Bee Association, have a honey tasting, enjoy a tour of the House, and make beeswax candles–after the delicious tea with honey-infused treats, of course! To make reservations, contact Donna Massung at 860-691-1872. For more information contact curator Joanie DiMartino at 860-739-0861 or


Antique Motocycle Show

Sunday, August 9
10 am to 3:30 pm, $10 per person
Come and enjoy the history of coolness on two wheels! View antique motocycles, then vote for your favorite to receive the People’s Choice Award! Tours of the house and music concerts included. Cycle equipment, enthusiast, and food vendors will be on-site to sell their wares. Rain or shine. For more information, contact curator Joanie DiMartino at 860-739-0761 or Vendors contact Joanie DiMartino at for a 10′ x 10′ space at $45 per space.