The Burr Gardens - History
The Burr Homestead Gardens are a magnificent representation of our town’s rich history. Built in 1730, burned by the British in 1779 and rebuilt in 1790, the Burr mansion and its gardens hosted many founding fathers of our country including George Washington, John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams and Aaron Burr (yes, the Aaron Burr of Hamilton fame!).
An important symbol of Fairfield's heritage, the Homestead is associated with colonial times in Connecticut and some of the most prominent figures of the American Revolution.
John Hancock and his wife, Dorothy Quincy, were married in an elegant ceremony in the gardens in 1775. The gardens’ ancient trees have overheard the whispered confidences of the patriots of the American Revolution.
The Burr’s spent many years enjoying the gardens while residing in the mansion.
"The Burrs entertained very largely and there are frequent allusions in the diaries and journals of the time indicating Mrs. Burr's love of flowers, which she was always pleased to give to guests as they came..."
The Homestead grounds, including the formal gardens and arboretum, are prominently mentioned in many historical accounts.
Peter Burr, Chief Justice of the Colony, builds a house on one of the original "Four Squares" of property, facing the Post Road near the Town green
The Homestead is acquired by the Town of Fairfield
The Burr's rebuild the mansion after British troops burn it to the ground in 1779
The Homestead is included in the Old Post Road Historic District
Obidiah W. Jones, a wealthy merchant known as the "pioneer American flour king" buys the property
The Town receives the gift of a sculptured marble bench and platform known as an exedra
The house and grounds
are sold to DeVer Warner
Town permits use of the mansion and grounds for community events, fundraisers