Conservation and Open Space

Mr. Stillman had a life long passion in land conservation, proper stewardship of the land, organic farming methods, as well as maintaining a rural environment in a section of New York State located about 90 miles North of Manhattan.

Wethersfield and Carriage House Museum

The former country home of Mr. Stillman remains today atop a high sloping hill that provides sweeping views in several directions as well as ensuring the quiet solitude that Mr. Stillman so prized. Homeland Foundation has as one of its two main missions, the preservation and maintenance of the Estate with its prized Carriage Collection, period furnishings, and 20 miles of walking and horse trails.

Renewing Agrarian Life

Mr. Stillman believed strongly in the necessity and dignity of work and remaining in concert with the land. To that end, he became good friends with a Mgsr Ligutti who championed the rural movement in America. Mgsr Ligutti was instrumental in the Granger Homesteads project of 1933 where he secured a loan from the Federal Subsistence Homesteads Division.

Intellectual Life

Mr. Stillman graduated Harvard in 1929 and maintained an intellectual curiosity throughout his life. He met and corresponded with many of the leading statesmen, Catholic Church leaders, and intellectuals of his day.

Our Founder

Mr. Stillman was an accomplished equestrian who later in life focused on Carriage driving. He amassed one of the leading Carriage Collections on the East Coast and the Collection is distinguished by the museum quality of the Carriages. The Carriage House Museum at Wethersfield contains an impressive display of the Carriages as well as displays of all the supporting equipment: harnesses, riding boots, accessories, banners, trophies, etc. all amassed over the distinguished career of Mr. Stillman.
Of wealth and war, Chauncey Devereux Stillman (1907-1989) knew much and said little. He did write a life of his great- grandfather Charles who left colonial roots in Connecticut to establish a fortune in Mexican cotton, real estate, and silver mines. Moving north to Texas, he helped bankroll an attempted invasion of Mexico by Carbajal and founded Brownsville, much of which he bequeathed to his son James who became president of what is now the Citigroup bank. By the end of the Civil War, Charles Stillman was one of the richest men in America. John D. Rockefeller's brother William had two sons who married two of James' daughters.
 

About the Foundation

Mr. Stillman first established the Foundation in 1938. Its threefold purpose is as follows: To maintain the Wethersfield House and formal gardens and the Carriage House Museum at Wethersfield for visits by the general public and Wethersfield Farm for open space, scenic enjoyment, and for conservation purposes.
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Carriage Museum at Wethersfield

The Carriage House Museum at Wethersfield contains an impressive display of the Carriages as well as displays of all the supporting equipment: harnesses, riding boots, accessories, banners, trophies, etc. all amassed over the distinguished career of Mr. Stillman. View Mr. Stillman driving various of his Carriages over the years.
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