Some may know that Harden House Museum is listed with the Connecticut state register of historic places. Within you will find thousands of treasures, each screaming with a story of art, life and sincere interest and intrinsic value. While the majority of the art, furniture and collections of the museum are original to the Hardens themselves, on rare occasion we are thrilled to add a piece to the museum.
Today is one of those days and it comes with a lovely story.
First and foremost let us thank Mr. Joe Cats who donated this piece from his personal and private collection. Mr. Cats sits as President of New Milford Historical Society. His deep love and general curiosity of the town's history (both bold and quiet) makes him an asset to the historical preservation of this town. What's more is his love for sharing this history with you and me and frankly any person who shows the interest. I have had MANY lengthy conversations with Joe where we could each teach the other something and more so, Joe has taught me quite a bit more. Today he teaches us of the Wannopee Pottery Company which was here in New Milford in the early 1900's. Much of their pottery gained recognition as "lettuce leaf" pottery made famous by Mrs. Jackie Kennedy owning quite a few pieces while in her stay at the White House.
The blogs are written by our park Executive Director, Billy Buckbee. Some call him Mo but he's the guy with the beard you see around the park.