An Introduction to the History of the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s narrated video illustrates the history of the Mansion and introduces students to the original site as well as pivotal events that are part of the City of Norwalk, the State of Connecticut, and our nation’s history during the mid-to-late 19th century.

This presentation also details what life was like for children and adults during this time and details the life of the two families who resided at the Mansion from 1868 through 1938. The video highlights LeGrand Lockwood, the financier and railroad magnate who built the Mansion and lived at Elm Park with his family for merely four years, the Mathews’ history, and features the staff who made possible the opulent lifestyle of the Mansion’s two families. 

Virtual Tour for the Classroom

As a companion to the above video, the Museum offers a virtual tour using 360-degree photography to accommodate teachers and students unable to visit the Mansion. Using 360-degree photography and a video messaging platform such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams or Google Meet, students are led throughout the Museum by an Education Docent and explore the Mansion’s rooms virtually. The Museum’s Education Program tailors the in-person and virtual programming to teachers’ curriculum needs. If you would like your class to receive a virtual tour, please fill out the form on our School Tour page of our website

(Video narrated by former LMMM Education Docent Mike Brennan, 360-Photography courtesy of Kevin Dailey & Victoria Vandamm)