Archive for the ‘Vernacular’ Category

Former Gales Ferry Methodist Church (1857)

Sunday, April 24th, 2016 Posted in Churches, Ledyard, Vernacular | No Comments »

Former Gales Ferry Methodist Church

The building at 6 Hurlbutt Road in the Gales Ferry section of Ledyard was erected in 1857 as the Gales Ferry Methodist Church. The church was established in 1803 and their first church building was a structure that had been moved to the site in 1815. This was replaced by the 1857 church, to which an addition was built on the rear in 1954 that doubled the size of the building. The church moved to a new building in the mid-1960s and in 1969 the old church was purchased by Church & Allen Funeral Service. After being on the market for several years the building was converted to retail use in 2011. Next door is the former church parsonage built in 1928.

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Green Side (1840)

Thursday, March 17th, 2016 Posted in Houses, Italianate, Madison, Vernacular | No Comments »

19 Britton Lane, Madison

“Green Side” is the name of a house located at 19 Britton Lane in Madison, built around 1840 (or 1850). It faces Madison Green.

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Bazaleel Hutchinson House (1839)

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 Posted in Andover, Houses, Vernacular | No Comments »

Bazaleel Hutchinson House

In the nineteenth century there was a railroad depot at Andover Center. In 1839 Leonard Hendee, the first depot master, who did much to develop the area, sold land on Center Street to Bazaleel Hutchinson who erected the house that now stands at 8 Center Street. Bazaleel Hutchinson was a grocer, butcher and farmer. The house has an unusual doorway that has a narrow surround with corner blocks.

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Josiah Kimberly House (1827)

Monday, February 22nd, 2016 Posted in Houses, Plymouth, Vernacular | No Comments »

Josiah Kimberly House

The house at 144 East Plymouth Road in East Plymouth was built c. 1800. From 1827 to c. 1860 it was owned by Josiah Kimberly, a tanner and shoemaker. Kimberly took over the tannery business begun in East Plymouth by the Gaylord and Tuttle families. His son Eber E. Kimberly would continue in his father’s trade. As described in Francis Atwater’s History of the Town of Plymouth, Connecticut (1895):

The elder Cyrus Gaylord above alluded to, at one time also did carding in a building near the dam now standing on the same stream a short distance from his house, Josiah Kimberly at the same time using a part of the building for a tannery.

Somewhat later Mr. Kimberly had a tannery on the same stream between the grist mill and Stephen Blake’s. This tannery was afterwards conducted by Eber Kimberly.

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Rev. Joseph Ayer House (1825)

Saturday, February 6th, 2016 Posted in Houses, North Stonington, Vernacular | No Comments »

Rev. Joseph Ayer House

Reverend Joseph Ayer (1793-1875) was pastor of the Congregational Church in North Stonington from 1825 to 1837. Sometime during that period his house, located at 94 Main Street, was built. He then moved to Sprague where he became minister of the Hanover Congregational Church. North Stonington village was once known as Milltown and as related in his obituary in The Congregational Quarterly, Vol. XIX, No. 2 (April, 1877):

At the time he commenced his residence in Milltown, a village within the bounds of his parish, there were in that small village ten places in which intoxicating liquors were sold in larger or smaller quantities, — eight stores, and two taverns. Within a short time he was permitted to see them all closed, or cleansed of the fumes of alcohol, — an achievement hardly to be paralleled in the annals of the temperance reform.

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Oliver Avery House (1818)

Friday, February 5th, 2016 Posted in Houses, North Stonington, Vernacular | No Comments »

92 Main St., North Stonington

The house at 92 Main Street in North Stonington was built in 1818. It is known as the Oliver Avery House. This may be the Oliver Avery who was born in Groton in 1757 and died in North Stonington in 1842.

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Burwell Tavern – Thomas House (1785)

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 Posted in Houses, Roxbury, Taverns & Inns, Vernacular | No Comments »

Burwell Tavern - Thomas House

Little is known about the origins of the house at 4 Southbury Road in Roxbury, which originally served as a tavern and stage-coah stop. It is said to have been built in 1785 by a man named Burwell. He may be identified with one of several men named Brothwell (a variant spelling of the same surname) who lived in Roxbury at the time [refer to Roxbury Place-Name Stories (2010) by Jeannine Green, p. 17 for more details]. In 1839 the building was purchased by the Thomas family who owned it for over a century. The most well known member of the family was Harvey Thomas (died 1894). He raised and sold horses. A nineteenth-century barn that survives on the property almost certainly served as his horse barn.

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