The Stratford Academy consists of two campuses sharing 25 acres in south Stratford. Stratford Academy - Johnson…More House serves children in third through sixth grades in a special academic setting as part of the town of Stratford's Magnet School program. Stratford Academy – Johnson House is the home for the academically gifted Advanced Learning Program, open district-wide to students in fourth through sixth grades who academically qualify.
The school is also the home of the Art S.M.A.R.T. (So Many Artist/Achievers Doing the Right Thing) program, an arts enrichment program. In addition, the F.A.M.E. (Fostering the Arts and Movement Education) program is housed at this location. This program offers a collaborative curriculum taught by specialists.
The Captain David Judson House, built in 1750, is the home of the Stratford Historical Society. The house is listed…More on the National Register of Historical Places, and is beautifully preserved and maintained. It contains many period pieces including a piano owned by Stratford resident William Samuel Johnson and a collection of Chinese porcelain. The kitchen features many accessories from the period and a large fireplace. Other features found in the Judson House include a clothes press and canopy bed. In the basement are former slave quarters and fishing tools of the era.
Next door to Judson House is the Catharine Bunnell Mitchell Musuem, which features exhibits of Stratford history. The public is also invited to utilize a comprehensive genealogy library, which is located in the museum.
Sterling House is one the architectural gems of Stratford. The Romanesque-style mansion, registered in the National…More Registry of Historic Homes and built by architect Bruce Price of New York, was built on Main Street in 1886 by John Sterling, whose family was among Stratford's oldest and richest.
The mansion was donated by the Sterling family to the town of Stratford in 1931 during the Great Depression with the stipulation that it be used as a community center. The property has since been held in trust by the town. In addition to its unique architectural features, the grounds at Sterling House were designed by the famed New York City Central Park landscape designer Frederick Law Olmstead.
Today, a variety of community services are offered at Sterling House, including programs for youths and adults, recreational activities, a child development center and a summer youth program. Sterling House also has a food bank.
Sterling House derives its funding from several sources, including contributions, fundraising and special events (35%), fees and dues (52%), support from the town of Stratford (11%) and rental/other (2%).