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St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Mystic (1867)

Sunday, November 12th, 2017 Posted in Churches, Gothic, Groton, Italianate, Mystic | No Comments »

Begun as a mission in 1859, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Mystic was organized as a parish in 1865. That same year, the parish acquired land at what is now 15 Pearl Street for a church. The cornerstone was laid in 1866 and the first service was held on Christmas Morning, 1867. Once the church was free from its large construction debt of $9,000, the building was dedicated on St. Mark’s Day, April 25, 1873. An education wing was erected in 1962.

Masonic Temple, Mystic (1911)

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 Posted in Greek Revival, Groton, Mystic, Organizations | No Comments »

At 7 Gravel Street in Mystic is a building erected in 1911-1912 as a Masonic Temple for Charity & Relief Lodge No. 72. The Lodge had its origins as Charity Lodge No. 68, formed in 1825, which first met in Gurton Bill’s Tavern in Groton. The Lodge was inactive from 1846 to 1850 due to its members unwillingness to move to Mystic. After this move took place, the Lodge met on the Stonington side and then on the Groton side of the Mystic River. A split led to the creation in 1869 of Relief Lodge No. 71 on the other side of the river. Charity Lodge lost its rooms in the Central Hall Building on West Main Street due to a fire in 1880 and were invited to used Relief Lodge’s rooms until new quarters were found. The two lodges reunited in 1891-1892 to form Charity and Relief Lodge #72. After almost of century on Gravel Street, the Lodge faced declining membership and the lack of parking. It merged with Asylum Lodge No. 57 and Pawcatuck Lodge No. 90 to form Costal Lodge No. 57, which meets on Pequot Trail in Stonington. In January 2008, the former Masonic Temple on Gravel Street was sold to developers, who converted the building into two condominium units by 2010.

William Latham House (1844)

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 Posted in Greek Revival, Groton, Houses | No Comments »

The William Latham House was built circa 1844 at 22 Front Street in the village of Noank in Groton. I don’t know if this was the William Latham who lived from 1807 to 1878.

Capt. John Anthony Wolfe House (1809)

Friday, October 6th, 2017 Posted in Federal Style, Groton, Houses, Mystic | No Comments »

At 3 Gravel Street in Mystic is a house, built between 1809 and 1815, that was traditionally called the “Case Bottle House” because it resembled the shape of the cases in which bottles of liquor were once shipped. It is not the only house in the area to have had that title: the same name was applied to the Elijah Williams House in the village of Wolf Neck in Stonington (noted in The Homes of Our Ancestors in Stonington, Conn. (1903), by Grace Denison Wheeler). The house on Gravel Street was built by Capt. John Anthony Wolfe and has been much altered and enlarged over the years. Restored in 1951, it is now a commercial property, home to Grover Insurance.

William Gadson Rathbun House (1858)

Thursday, September 7th, 2017 Posted in Greek Revival, Groton, Houses | No Comments »

Built circa 1858, the house at 39 Church Street in Noank was originally the home of William Gadson Rathbun (1831-1913), known as Captain Bill Gad Rathbun. He went to sea as a boy, but in 1849 headed to California for the Gold Rush. Returning after three years he resumed a life at sea, being master of several sailing vessels during his career. In the 1890s Rathbun served as postmaster during the second administration of President Grover Cleveland.

Ray S. Wilbur House (1840)

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 Posted in Greek Revival, Groton, Houses | No Comments »

The house at 29 Pearl Street in Noank was built in 1840 for Ray S. Wilbur.

Cornelius Fowler House (1880)

Monday, August 21st, 2017 Posted in Groton, Houses, Vernacular | No Comments »

The house at 11 Cove Street in Noank was built in 1880 and has a modern entrance porch. It was the home of Cornelius Fowler, who may be the same Cornelius Fowler who was a veteran of the Civil War, serving in the Twenty-First Regiment Infantry Regiment. Cornelius and his brother, Sylvester Crossman Fowler (1848-1919), were lobster fisherman.