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Old Mystic National Bank (1856)

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017 Posted in Banks, Greek Revival, Stonington | No Comments »

The Old Mystic National Bank began as the Mystic Bank in 1833. It was established in a newly-built granite building in the village of Old Mystic in Stonington, which was a commercial center at the time. By 1856, business had grown to an extent that a larger building was required. It was erected of brick in the center of the village of Old Mystic. The iron bars across the windows were added after a attempted burglary in 1884. The institution became a national bank in 1865 and continued in business until undergoing a voluntary liquidation in 1887. By that time the village of Mystic to the south had become the local business hub instead of Old Mystic. After the bank closed, the 1856 building was sold to the town of Stonington in 1889. It was used as a District Hall for voting until the 1960s. During World War II, the Reliance Fire Company of Old Mystic used the attached back shed as a Civil Defense headquarters. It was later used to store fire equipment. In 1965, the building was sold to the Indian and Colonial Research Center. The ICRC is a non-profit organization that preserves the preserves the papers and collections of Eva L. Butler (1887-1969), a noted anthropologist, archeologist, historian, and naturalist.

Mystic Bank (1833)

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 Posted in Banks, Greek Revival, Mystic, Stonington | No Comments »

Now located at Mystic Seaport, the Mystic Bank was originally built in 1833 in Old Mystic, at the head of the Mystic River. The first president of the bank was Elias Brown and the first cashier was George W. Noyes, who later held the same position at the Mystic River Bank. The Mystic Bank moved its operations to a new brick building in 1856. The first floor of the old bank building then became the post office and the upper floor was used as a carpenter’s shop. The building would be used for different purposes over the years until 1948-1951, when it was moved to Mystic Seaport. The current front portico is a reproduction of the original. Read the rest of this entry »

3 Lester Avenue, Pawcatuck (1857)

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 Posted in Houses, Italianate, Stonington | No Comments »

At 3 Lester Avenue in Pawcatuck is a two-family Italianate-style house built in 1857. The nomination for the Mechanic Street Historic District lists the building as a Masonic Hall, so it may have been used at some point by Pawcatuck Lodge No. 90. Chartered in 1863, the Lodge met for a time in the Pawcatuck Hotel and later at other locations. For many years the Lodge shared space with Franklin Lodge No. 20 of Westerly, Rhode Island. More recently, the Pawcatuck Lodge merged with Asylum Lodge No. 57 of Stonington and Charity & Relief Lodge No. 72 of Mystic to form Costal Lodge No. 57.

Fishtown Chapel (1889)

Sunday, October 29th, 2017 Posted in Churches, Gothic, Mystic, Stonington, Vernacular | No Comments »

The Fishtown Chapel at Mystic Seaport was originally erected by the community of Fishtown in Mystic to serve as a place for Sunday School and prayer meetings in 1889. It took only three weeks to build. For a time around 1900 the Chapel served as a schoolhouse for Groton’s Ninth School District. It then remained unused for many decades until it was moved to Mystic Seaport in 1949. Restored, it was rededicated as a chapel in 1950. As seen in old postcards of the Chapel, it once had a steeple which has since been removed. Read the rest of this entry »

Campbell & Babcock Mill House (1910)

Friday, October 27th, 2017 Posted in Apartment Buildings, Stonington, Vernacular | No Comments »

Campbell and Babcock, a company that produced woolen textiles, erected a variety of worker housing in the vicinity of its mill in Pawcatuck. One of these was the mill house at 7-9 Palmer Street, erected circa 1870.

Peleg S. Barber House (1840)

Thursday, October 19th, 2017 Posted in Greek Revival, Houses, Stonington | No Comments »

At 55 Mechanic Street in the village of Pawcatuck in Stonington is a Greek Revival house built circa 1840. The National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination for the Mechanic Street Historic District indicates it is the Peleg S. Barber House. There was a Peleg S. Barber who served in the militia from Stonington in the War of 1812. Another Peleg S. Barber (1823-1901) was prominent resident of Pawcatuck. As related in the Illustrated Popular Biography of Connecticut (1891):

Mr. Barber was born in North Kingston, R. I., April 29, 1823. He received the advantages of a good common school education, and has been largely engaged in mercantile and manufacturing business, though at present confining his attention chiefly to transactions in real estate. He was for sixteen years in cotton manufacturing, and from 1850 to 1853 was in the gold mines of California. He married, early in life, Miss Sarah Gardner, who is still living. Mr. Barber is largely interested in the Pawcatuck National Bank, of which he is, and for sixteen years has been, a director. He is president of the People’s Savings Bank of Pawcatuck; also treasurer of the Pawcatuck Fire District since its organization in 1887, for sixteen years treasurer of his school district, fifteen years a member of the town board of relief, and a notary public. He was on the board of assessors for several years, and has held various other local offices in the town in which he resides, where he has led an active and useful life for thirty-four years, and is highly respected and esteemed by all his townsmen.

Peleg S. Barber was a great philanthropist and community leader. As described in the Sixth Annual Report of the School Committee of the Town of Stonington, Connecticut For the School Year 1915-1916:

At the annual meeting of the Eighteenth School District, held June 28th, 1899, Mr. Barber presented a writing, in which he stated that, “desiring to manifest in a material and permanent manner his interest in the public school he had deposited the sum of one thousand dollars ($1,000) in the Niantic Savings Bank of Westerly to be called The Peleg S. Barber Memorial Fund, the annual interest of which should be divided into three (3) prizes, to be awarded to those three students, of either sex, who are now or may hereafter be registered in the schools of the Eighteenth School District, who shall present the best three essays on any one or more subjects previously announced by the principal.”

When the fine school building on West Broad Street was dedicated in February, 1900, Mr. Barber gave several hundred dollars’ worth of books to the school library and also provided a fund of five hundred dollars ($500.), “to be known as the P. S. Barber Library Fund,” the income from which should be used in the purchase of books to add to and replenish what he desired to be a growing library.

G. T. Loomis House (1905)

Saturday, October 7th, 2017 Posted in American Foursquare, Colonial Revival, Houses, Shingle Style, Stonington | No Comments »

The G. T. Loomis House, at 15 Lester Avenue in Pawcatuck, was built in 1905. The owner may have been the G. T. Loomis who was a photographer in the Westerly, R.I. area. Read the rest of this entry »