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Harvard House, Stratford-upon-Avon: 5 reviews and 12 photos
Harvard House (built in 1596) stands on the High Street, right next to the gorgeous old Garrick Inn, which not only is one fabulous building with its typical Tudor half-timber-framed style, but a fabulous pub too! We ate there one night and absolutely loved everything about it. To see more info re it, check out my restaurant tips!
This used to be the home of Katherine Rogers, who was the mother of a London puritan, John Harvard.
John emigrated to the 'New World' (hence the United States of America flag presence), died in 1638 and left his comprehensive law library and documents, plus half of his valuable estate towards a then unknown college... which then became the world renowned Harvard University!
The building itself is in remarkable condition. largely due to the time consuming care (and money) that a millionaire Chicago man, Edward Morris, put into it. In 1909 he purchased the property, giving it to Harvard University and the United States of America. He used to go to Harvard University himself and wanted to give them something back.
The Museum of British Pewter is now inside Harvard House, and the exhibit has some gorgeous pieces of pewter dating back two thousand years ago, showing man's relationship with it over the years.
Some of the pieces include a round a bowl with the Arms of King James VI of Scotland, some medieval pilgrim badges and some Roman chargers. There are all kinds of interesting artifacts to view here.
Definately worth a visit, and dont forget to drop into the pub next door for a pint and a wholesome meal :)
Address: High Street, Stratford-upon-Avon
Phone: 01789 338534
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