'Let goat...' at renovated Bradley Homestead

Published on Saturday, 4 November 2017 22:07
Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON

STAFF WRITER

SOUTHINGTON -Bradley Mountain Soaps, LLC is inviting people to visit its farm and see the newly renovated Bradley Homestead on Shuttle Meadow Road.

The event, “Let Goat N Be Happy” will be held Nov. 8 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the farm at 537 Shuttle Meadow Road. Owner Anneliese Dadras encourages guests to stop by and “experience happy hour farm style.”

“Join us after work to relax and enjoy our gorgeous views and celebrate with friends and co-workers,” she said.

In addition to complimentary food and drinks from Park & Oak Restaurant, the farm’s soap shop will be open.

“We highly encourage the roaming and exploration of the farm, the petting of goats and the playing of silly games,” said Dadras. “There will be free historical tours of the newly renovated Bradley homestead that is on the National registry.”

Dadras said that 1926 was the last year that a member of the Barnes family lived in the home, which was originally built in 1812 and shipped over from England. Bradley Mountain Soaps has seen to it that the house has been renovated to return to its original, 1812 aesthetic, for everything but electricity.

“I’m excited, we’ve renovated the whole first floor and the second floor is almost done,” said Dadras. “The barn had not been touched in 40 years and we got the fireplace up and running again. We went down to the wood and found the original colors that the home had been painted with and we re-painted it like that. We also found the original blessing of the home inscribed on one fireplace in 1818. We had a furniture historian come in and make everything look as though it were aged 200 years and appropriate for the house as well.”

Dadras also encourages guests to meet with the farm’s event planners from Engaged Connecticut and Kia Martinson, who can help to plan holiday visits and weddings.

“We invite you to learn about all the great things our farm has to offer,” she said.

No reservations are required for this event.

Additionally, Bradley Mountain Soaps will be holding Open Farm Day, with events scheduled between Nov. 12 and Dec. 17. The Nov. 12 event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Meet our herd of dairy goats, spend some time on a working farm and get a photo with your favorite goat for holiday pictures,” said Dadras. “You can participate in farm activities or make your own drop-in project.”

No appointment is necessary to attend Open Farm Day. Visitors should feel free to drop in.

For more information, including additional upcoming Open Farm Days, call 860-385-4628 or visit bradleymountainsoaps.com.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or .



Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, Southington Herald on Saturday, 4 November 2017 22:07. Updated: Saturday, 4 November 2017 22:09.