The 1850 Farnsworth Homestead was the home of Lucy Farnsworth, the museum’s original benefactor, and is part of the main museum campus.

The Homestead is currently closed for the season and will reopen on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend 2020.

The architectural style of the house and outbuildings is Greek Revival but the interior is decorated in high Victorian style. The elegant structure has survived intact, with virtually no adaptation. Minimal electrical systems were added for safety purposes, but all the original heating and plumbing is still in place, including what was probably the first indoor bathroom with a flush toilet in the city.

Thanks to a generous inheritance from her father and brother James, and to her own business acumen, Lucy Farnsworth left a sizable estate. She directed that the bulk of it be used to establish the William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum as a memorial to her father. She recognized the historical importance and the potential educational value of the family’s house and left instructions that it be maintained with the original furnishings and be kept open to the public. The Homestead was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

Thanks to a generous inheritance from her father and brother James, and to her own business acumen, Lucy Farnsworth left a sizable estate. She directed that the bulk of it be used to establish the William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum as a memorial to her father. She recognized the historical importance and the potential educational value of the family’s house and left instructions that it be maintained with the original furnishings and be kept open to the public. The Homestead was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

Hours & Tours

The Homestead is currently closed for the season. It is open from Memorial Day weekend through the Sunday of Indigenous Peoples’ Day weekend (formerly Columbus Day weekend).

The Farnsworth Homestead is not wheelchair accessible.


Explore the Farnsworth Homestead Virtually in 3D

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