The Mansion’s Mystery Trunk
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum launches 2018 Young Writers’ Competition

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is launching its fifth annual writing competition for students attending Fairfield County schools. The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum/Ernest Hemingway/Young Writers’ Competition will take place between May 1, and June 8, 2018.

This competition entitled, The Mansion’s Mystery Trunk, is a voluntary writing contest for third and eighth graders. Students will be asked to use their imagination to write an essay about the contents of a mid-to-late 19th century trunk serendipitously found during a tour at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum. What could the trunk contain? Who owned it? What do the contents tell us about the owner’s life and the story behind the objects in the trunk? While the students’ essays will be fictional, the objects imagined will have to be connected to real life events and the history of the Mansion, Norwalk, and mid-to-late 19th century America.

The stories will be picked up from contestants and their teachers on June 8th and competition winners will be notified by mid-September.

Competition winners and their families will be Guests of Honor at the Awards Ceremony on Nov. 18, 2018, 2-4 p.m.

Please click below for competition requirements and guidelines:

For more information on LMMM’s Young Writers’ Competition and school tours please contact Philip Libby, 203-838-9799, ext. 6, or

The Museum’s 2018 cultural and educational programs are made possible in part by generous funding from LMMM’s Founding Patrons: The Estate of Mrs. Cynthia Clark Brown, LMMM’s 2018 Season Distinguished Benefactors: The Maurice Goodman Foundation, 2018 LMMM Distinguished Benefactors for Education: Daphne Seybolt Culpeper Foundation and GE, 2018 Carpet Cleaning Specialists: Triple S.


From left: Robert Hemingway, Mayor Harry Rilling, Senator Bob Duff, Young Writers’ Award recipient Ashika Chavan, Board of Ed member Heidi Keyes, Education Coordinator Philip Libby.

Photo courtesy of Sarah Grote Photography.





2017 Recipients of the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum/Ernest Hemingway/Young Writers’ Competition Award.

Photo courtesy of Sarah Grote Photography.