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Guilford Academy (1794)

Monday, November 20th, 2017 Posted in Federal Style, Guilford, Schools | No Comments »

For sixty years the First and Fourth Congregational Societies in Guilford each maintained their own schoolhouse, located next to each other on the Green. These were then combined into one building of two stories, erected in 1794. The building was moved from the Green to its current location, at 19 Church Street, in 1827. It then housed a secondary school, called the Guilford Academy (aka high school), on the upper floor. As related in A History of the Plantation of Menunkatuck and of the Original town of Guilford, Connecticut (1897), by Bernard Christian Steiner:

In 1837 the [town’s center school] district was divided into four parts and school houses built in the northeast and southwest districts, the northwest district occupying a part of the academy, the upper part of which building was occupied in 1838 by Mr. Dudley as a high school.

The academy closed in 1856, after the Guilford Institute (which would later become the high school) opened. The former Academy building then became a private residence. The front porch was most likely added around that time.

Deacon Darius Knight House (1825)

Saturday, November 4th, 2017 Posted in Chaplin, Federal Style, Greek Revival, Houses | No Comments »

The house at 93 Chaplin Street in Chaplin has been dated variously to 1840, 1832 and 1825. It was the home of Deacon Darius Knight. The house next south on Chaplin Street, just past the intersection with Tower Hill Road (87 Chaplin Street), was the home of E. W. Day, so the intersection became known as Knight and Day Corner. The Knight House was later home to a minister and a doctor.

John Gladding House (1825)

Thursday, October 26th, 2017 Posted in Deep River, Federal Style, Houses | No Comments »

The house at 11 Union Street in Deep River was built c. 1825 by John Gladding, a joiner (he may have constructed the house himself). Alphonso C. Pratt, who owned the house from 1911 to 1924, held patents for the design of a grommet and others for grommet-making apparatus.

Ensworth House (1805)

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 Posted in Andover, Federal Style, Houses | No Comments »

249 Route 6

In the late eighteenth century, John Ensworth built a house at what is now 249 Route 6 in Andover. The current house at that address is nearly identical to the nearby Isaiah Daggett House, built in 1805, so it is likely they were both built around the same time. The property had remained in the Ensworth family: Jedidiah Ensworth was living in the house in 1860. There is also a historic barn on the property.

Orrin and Electa Hale House (1817)

Saturday, October 21st, 2017 Posted in Federal Style, Glastonbury, Greek Revival, Houses | No Comments »

The house at 181 Main Street in South Glastonbury was originally the home of Orrin Hale (died 1870) of Portland and his wife Electa Taylor Hale (died 1865) of South Glastonbury. The date of their marriage is unknown, but their first child was born in 1817 and they were likely living in their new home by then. The house, which town assessors dated to 1770, combines elements of the Federal and Greek Revival styles.

Capt. George Dickinson House (1830)

Friday, October 20th, 2017 Posted in Federal Style, Greek Revival, Houses, Old Saybrook | No Comments »

As described in the History of Middlesex County, Connecticut (J. B. Beers & Co., 1884),

The Dickinson family, though not among the first settlers, were yet prominent people on Saybrook Point during and after the Revolutionary war. Captain George Dickinson, who was born in 1770, was for many years a ship master and at times resided in foreign ports as agent. He was at Copenhagen, Denmark, when that city was bombarded by Captain, afterward Lord Nelson, and at his death, in 1857, at the age of 81, was the wealthiest man in the town.

Around 1830, Capt. George Dickinson (1770-1857) built a house at what is now 191 North Cove Road in Old Saybrook. The west end of the building contained a ship chandlery.

Stephen Brooks House (1805)

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 Posted in Federal Style, Haddam, Houses | No Comments »

The house at 384 Saybrook Road in Higganum (in Haddam) was originally erected in 1805 as a three-bay residence with a side hall (the front door being in the right bay). A two-bay addition was constructed in 1981 on the west side (so now the front door is in the central of five bays). The house was built by Stephen Brooks (1777-1860), a manufacturer and carpenter. In 1848 he sold the house to Calvin Hull, whose family owned the house for several decades.