We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 396 Main St, Hartford, CT 06103-3001
Phone Number:
+1 860-522-1806

Hartford's oldest remaining house, built in 1782 as the home to Eliza...

Hartford's oldest remaining house, built in 1782 as the home to Eliza Butler and her husband Rev. John McCook, offers a fine collection of vintage furnishings, paintings and Oriental artifacts.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 6 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 3
  • 3
    Very good
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
Hidden treasure!!

I've been to an endless amount of New England historical houses and quite frankly they start all seeming alike. This one isnt well advertised and I've walked by it and not noticed... read more

Reviewed 11 September 2016
brittany z z
Amherst, Massachusetts
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

6 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 6: English reviews
Amherst, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
91 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

I've been to an endless amount of New England historical houses and quite frankly they start all seeming alike. This one isnt well advertised and I've walked by it and not noticed it, but it's worth visiting. There is so much original items and informations to document the family that lived here--I ended up spending 2 hours here. Tour guide... More 

Thank brittany z z
Level Contributor
81 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2016

I was asked to be part of a reading at the Butler-McCook Homestead. I couldn't believe I had never heard of it before! It is a must-see for history buffs!

Thank JenJF5678
New Britain, Connecticut
Level Contributor
157 reviews
103 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2015

History is just a short ride into Hartford on Main Street, you can step back into time and experience the past up close. You get the feeling that the old family is still there. Great history and a nice place to take the family! Must See!

Thank TheVoiceofCT
Hartford, Connecticut
Level Contributor
73 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2014

The Butler-McCook House & Garden is a wonderful time capsule right on Main Street in downtown Hartford. Nestled between Bushnell Park and developing Front Street, this Georgian Colonial homestead is the oldest residence in this capital city. Steps from City Hall and the Wadsworth Atheneum it should not be missed, for all the wonderful objects serve as memorials of days... More 

7 Thank Mary-EllenCallahan
East Hartford, CT
Level Contributor
192 reviews
98 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2013

What an unexpected suprise! Visited during Envisionfest 2013. One section of the house is a fascinating history of Main St and the city of Hartford. You will see downtown in a whole new light - the Park River hidden beneath, the massive changes - and the constant observer was the Butler-McCook family. Lovely rooms with Chinese artifacts including Samurai suits,... More 

4 Thank HikerTraveler
Level Contributor
189 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2012

The Butler-McCook House and Garden and Main Street History Center is a gem waiting to be discovered! The Butler and McCook families occupied the home for nearly two centuries, the last in residence until 1971! The house is full of art, antiques, artifacts and family memorabilia. The garden is an oasis of calm and beauty behind the house, complete with... More 

9 Thank HartfordOwl

Travellers who viewed Butler-McCook Homestead also viewed


Been to Butler-McCook Homestead? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Butler-McCook Homestead staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?