Harrybrooke Park was the home of Frank and Elizabeth Harden from 1943-1965. The home was their 48-acre "retreat" from their bustling life in the city. Frank made his fortune in Irish Linen Handkerchiefs. Frank and Elizabeth were married on property on June 15th, 1943. Which some of you may know if you follow the blog regularly! Frank grew up in Ireland on an estate known as "Harrybrooke." The falls behind the Harden House Museum reminded him of his childhood, which sold him on the property. There are many nods to Ireland, not only in the museum, but throughout the park as well.
When Liz passed in 1964, and Frank followed in 1965, they left their beautiful estate to the people of the town, and not to the town itself.
Interested in more of the history of Harrybrooke and The Hardens? Tours are given by appointment or by chance.
Schedule an appointment today for a tour of the Harden House Museum! There is a suggested $10 donation per visitor, as your donation would be supporting Harrybrooke, a non-profit 501c3 orginazation. As mentioned, Harrybrooke was left to the people of the town, not the town itself, so we are not funded by the town or state. Harrybrooke lives and breathes from 10,000 hours of community service yearly and by your generous donations!