Urban Lauds Grant For Denison Society

February 14, 2018

Representative Diana Urban congratulates members of the Denison Society of Mystic for their success in obtaining a $15,000 Farm Viability Grant through the state Department of Agriculture.

“Since the 1930s, the Denison Society has been dedicated to preserving the history and culture of Stonington, and this grant made possible through the Community Investment Act will help the Society continue its important work for our community,” Rep. Urban, the House chair of the legislature’s Committee on Children, said Wednesday.

The Denison Homestead Museum, a microcosm of American history, is a testimony to the significant civic contributions made by one of the town’s founding families.

In 1930, Ann Borodell Denison Gates created the George and Ann Borodell Denison Society, according to a description on the Society’s website. Being the last Denison to live in the house, she gave the Society the 1717 house and approximately 125 of the original 250 acres granted to Captain George Denison in 1654 for his service in the Pequot War.

In 1946, the name was changed to The Denison Society and J. Frederick Kelly, a notable Colonial Revival architect, was hired to restore the house as a museum. Each of the five rooms was restored to meet a different period in history and the Denison family members who lived there at that time.

In 1979, the Denison Homestead was placed on the National Register of Historical Places.