Halloween at Harrybrooke Park – New Milford, CT
Part I | Black and White
We decided that Harrybrooke Park and the Harden House would be a perfect location for our model Halloween shoot. Every year for Halloween Harrybrooke Park and the house are transformed into a haunted trail and attracts visitors from all over the state. The trail wasn’t open yet but we wandered the grounds and imagined the Harden family at home in the park.
“Originally the home of Frank A. Harden and his wife Elizabeth, the Harden House was left as a museum for the benefit of the community along with Harrybrooke Park’s 48 acres. The house, built in the early 1940’s, overlooks a spectacular view of a rushing waterfall on a bend of the north-flowing Still River. The house’s location was chosen with care and named after Mr. Harden’s native homeland area in Ireland where he spent much of his childhood. Throughout the Harden House are many paintings and artifacts acquired during their travels, as well as artwork collected and commissioned by the Hardens. The museum’s contents capture the state of the Harden’s living style during the 1940’s-1960’s leading up to Mr. Harden’s death in 1965.” The grounds and house itself are remarkable and well worth touring. It is also available for events and parties.
If you are interested in walking the haunted trail it is open October 21, 22, 28 and 29. The last two years have been amazing so check it out!
The house was being decorated while we visited and we were incredibly lucky to be invited inside to see how the preparations were coming along, but also to learn about the history of the house. Billy “Mo” Buckbee, who works in the house, gave us a private tour and told us that it is haunted by the ghost of Mrs Harden. We were honored that she shared her beautiful home with us. You can see her in the photographs on her dresser and in her bedroom.
The Planet Photo Model Tribe did an amazing job with their styling and make up! Thanks to Audrey, Payton, Belle, Olivia R and Olivia T.
See you soon for Part II – in color