Love Harkness Memorial State Park?? Want to work outdoors at Harkness keeping up with maintenance of the grounds/gardens or engaging with the public as an evening Ranger or a ticket booth operator? The park hires up to 38 paid Seasonal Resource Assistants to keep up with bucolic grounds. If interested go to the following link to read more about the positions and compensation.: Job Opening: Environmental Protection Seasonal Resource Assistant – Department of Administrative Services (

Our Mission
The Friends of Harkness is dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the Harkness Estate and to the provisions of Mrs. Harkness’ will, in which she bequeathed the property to the State of Connecticut for the well-being of its citizens.

History of Harkness

Harkness Memorial State Park is the former estate of Edward Stephen Harkness and his wife Mary Stillman Harkness.  Read More..

Harkness Today

Much of the Park’s historic distinction is attributed to Eolia, the grand former summer home of philanthropists Edward and Mary Harkness, and its surrounding gardens and greenhouse.  Read More..