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Norwalk's Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Celebrates Opening Of Servants' Quarters

Award-winning actor and director Drew Denbaum
Award-winning actor and director Drew Denbaum Photo Credit: Provided
LeGrand Lockwood, circa 1868.
LeGrand Lockwood, circa 1868. Photo Credit: Provided

NORWALK, Conn. – The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum in Norwalk is having its inaugural gala to mark the opening of the Servants’ Quarters to the public for the first time in its 49 years of history.

The event, which will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at the mansion at 295 West Ave., will feature a black-tie dinner, silent and live auctions, and an exclusive preview of two new exhibitions, according to a press release.

Co-chaired by trustees Lynne Byington and Doug Adams, the event will feature Drew Denbaum as keynote speaker, an award-winning writer/actor/director/teacher with credits in theater, film and television. Denbaum’s original screenplay, "Caught in the Act," won a 20th Century Fox Screenwriting Competition.

Denbaum, a member of the Theatre Artists Workshop, wrote the keynote address after familiarizing himself with the history of the house and private correspondence between LeGrand Lockwood, treasurer of the New York Stock Exchange, railroad tycoon and first owner of the mansion, and his family, friends and business associates.

Guests will be invited to preview the mansion’s two new exhibits, opening to the public Wednesday, Oct. 14, titled "The Stairs Below: The Mansion’s Domestic Servants, 1868-1938" and "Lenticular Views: Journeys through Time, Space, and Emotions by Miggs Burroughs."

Tickets are $200 for rotunda seats and $150 for the adjoining room. For information or to purchase tickets, call 203-838-9799, ext. 4, or email info@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com. RSVP by Friday, Oct. 2.

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark. Tours are offered at noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for children, 8-18. Children under 8 are admitted free. For more information, visit www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, e-mail info@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com or call 203-838-9799.

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