Upcoming Events

2017 Summer Tour schedule

Visit the Smith-Harris House during our summer hours, or by appointment.


House Tours, June through August

Fridays, through Sundays, 12 pm to 4 pm

*Closed July 4th Weekend

suggested donation: $5 per adult


The Smith-Harris House is open 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 agricultrual 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 director Joanie DiMartino at 860-739-0761 or curator@smithharris.org. 


CT Open-House Museum Day

Saturday, June 10th

11 am to 2 pm, Free


Enjoy historic games on the lawn, tours of the House, and historic recipe-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.  Thomas Avery portrayed by Gary Lakowsky.  For more information, contact director Joanie DiMartino at 860-739-0761 or director@smithharris.org. 


Sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Culture and Tourism.  

Teddy Bear Tea

Sunday, September 10th

Save the date!  More information coming soon.

Explore History!

Monday, October 9th

11 am to 2 pm, Free


Telescope on an antique map

Looking for something fun to do on Columbus Day?  Join the Smith-Harris House as we host family-friendly activities that explore history!  Try your hand at painting a “mural,” make a history-inspired craft, and test your skill at “squash bowling,” “graces,” “hoop roll,” and other historic games played by children two centuries ago!  Take a tour to discover what life in an East Lyme farmhouse was like in the 1800s!  For more information contact director Joanie DiMartino at 860-739-0761 or director@smithharris.org