Katharine Hepburn first came to the town of Old Saybrook in 1912 when she was not quite five years old. Her family’s house here, in the borough of Fenwick, became her refuge from the demands of her career. She called it “paradise” and it was to this paradise she would retire in 1997. Fittingly, she also died here in 2003, the same year the Town of Old Saybrook voted to restore the old Town Hall. Two years later, Ms. Hepburn’s family granted the Town the right to name the renovated building after her. A small museum at the Center focuses on her life in Connecticut and permanently honors her just as our name does.
The world shared the talent of Ms. Hepburn, but it was the people of Old Saybrook who knew her not as international star, but neighbor. That is what makes the Center special and it is this connection the museum emphasizes with memorabilia and reminiscences about Kate, our neighbor and friend.
In addition to many photographs from Katharine Hepburn’s life and career, the museum also features Katharine Hepburn’s Emmy Award, among others, and a self-portrait Katharine painted. The museum is adjacent to the Center’s main lobby and is open during box office hours and performances.
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