Playwright Eugene O’Neill grew up in this home now known as the Monte Cristo Cottage (325 Pequot Ave., 860/443-0051, www.oneilltheatercenter.org , noon–4 p.m. Thu.–Sat., 1–3 p.m. Sun. late May–early Sept.; group tours available by appointment Labor Day–Memorial Day, $7 adults, $5 students and seniors), which was named in honor of O’Neill’s father, an actor famous for his role in the play The Count of Monte Cristo.
It was in this home that O’Neill set his most famous play, the semi-autobiographical A Long Day’s Journey Into Night. In 2005, the house was completely renovated using O’Neill’s stage directions to re-create the setting for the play. Other rooms in the house display objects owned by the poet and period posters advertising his plays.