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Navigate Back in Time: Lyman Orchards Celebrates 275 Years with this Year’s Corn Maze, Opening September 3


Navigate Back in Time: Lyman Orchards’ Celebrates 275th Anniversary With Annual Corn Maze Opening September 3 

Learn the Lyman Family history while supporting the American Cancer Society 

Corn Maze

Four acres of towering corn honor Lyman Orchards’ 275th anniversary with the iconic Homestead as its centerpiece. $1 from every admission is donated to the American Cancer Society.

MIDDLEFIELD, Conn. (Aug. 31, 2016) – The Lyman Orchard’s Homestead occupies the original parcel of land purchased by John Lyman in 1741. It is recognized by families across New England and is a landmark for the Lyman family which has been farming the same land for 275 years.   As the annual Sunflower Maze comes to a close and the cooler autumn temperatures arrive, Lyman Orchards is happy to announce that the fun is just starting to heat up.  The 2016 Corn Maze is having its grand opening this Saturday, Sept. 3, at 10 a.m.

When you visit this year’s corn maze you’ll learn about local, state and national history and how a quintessential New England family persevered through the daily trials and tribulations that accompanied the birth of a nation. This determination led to phenomenal growth powered by an unending quest for freedom and opportunity. Historical facts about this journey such as “In 1857, David Lyman II establishes the Metropolitan Washing Machine Company in the Baileyville section of Middlefield,” are posted throughout the maze and will make your excursion special and memorable.

Now in its 10th generation of family ownership, the Lyman Family remains committed to the land that they have farmed for 275 years. Guests will leave with a newfound appreciation for the heritage engrained in the farmland that has been cultivated for nearly three centuries.

Getting lost in Lyman Orchard’s annual corn maze is an anticipated fall-time tradition among New England families and simultaneously benefits a great cause, as $1 from every admission is donated to the American Cancer Society. 

Fun facts about the Lyman Orchards corn maze:

  • Four acres of towering corn make up this year’s maze.
  • The maze has approximately two miles of winding pathways
  • The average time to make it through the maze is about 30 minutes
  • This is the 17th year of operation for Lyman Orchard Corn Mazes
  • The sunflower maze has raised more than $507,000 for American Cancer Society

Historian, and Durham, Conn., resident, Diana McCain, will be present at the grand opening on Sept. 3 to talk about the history of the Lyman Family and the role they have played in Middlefield,  the state of Connecticut, and the nation. Ms. McCain recently published a historical novel, Thy Children's Children, which brilliantly traces five generations of the Lyman family throughout the turbulent decades that saw a handful of American colonies transformed into a young nation on the cusp of the industrial revolution.

The maze is scheduled to run from Sept. 3 through Nov. 6. It will be open Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and weekends and holidays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 4 – 12 and free for children under three-years-old. Big Y customers can also save $1 with a “silver coin,” or $2 with a “gold coin” (limit 5 tickets per coin type). [MS1] The last entrance to the maze is at 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact 860-349-6015. Group rates are also available for companies or outings; please contact 860-349-6058.   

This maze is sponsored by SolarCity, America's #1 full-service solar provider.

Once you’ve conquered the Corn Maze, make sure to take advantage of the variety of other exciting fall activities Lyman has to offer. Pick your own apples, pears and pumpkins, enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride on weekends, or take a bite out of one of Lyman’s famous fresh-baked apple cider donuts.

To learn more about the Corn Maze, or any of the other exciting events taking place at Lyman Orchards this fall, please visit

About Lyman Orchards:
Set on 1,100 acres in the heart of the state, Lyman Orchards (est. 1741) is a year-round destination for the whole family in Middlefield, Connecticut. Shop at the Apple Barrel market, filled with fresh farm produce and Lyman Orchard’s award-winning "Hi Top" Apple Pie; celebrate special events and weddings at the Lyman Homestead; enjoy seasonal Pick Your Own fruits and tours of the orchard; golf on two world-class public 18-hole courses designed by Gary Player and Robert Trent Jones, and improve your skills at the Lyman Orchard’s Golf Center and Apple Nine Course. For more information, call Lyman Orchards at 860-349-1793, or visit online at



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Tim Burt
Lyman Orchards
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