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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.

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.

North Stonington Congregational Church (1848)

Sunday, September 20th, 2015 Posted in Churches, Greek Revival, North Stonington | No Comments »

North Stonington Congregational Church

The Ecclesiastical Society for the North section of Stonington first met in 1721. The Society soon built a meeting house at “Meeting House Corner,” at the intersection of Wyassup and Reutemann Roads. The building, which became known as “the old black meeting house” because of the weathered condition of its unpainted wood, was taken down in 1817 and its wood was used to build a new meeting house at what is now 89 Main Street in North Stonington. Earlier, in 1746, the congregation had been divided. Influenced by the preaching of James Davenport of Long Island, a “New Light” preacher, many left the church to join a new Separate Church, called the Strict Congregational Church. They built their own meeting house over a mile west of North Stonington (Milltown) village. By 1817 the two churches had grown closer and both needed a new meeting house. They shared the newly erected building, officially reuniting as one church in 1827. The current meeting house was built in 1848 on the site of the 1817 edifice. In 1886, funds donated by Dudley R. Wheeler provided the church with stained glass windows and cherry wood pews, pulpit and wainscoting. The church was rededicated in April, 1887.

William Sisson House (1776)

Friday, July 10th, 2015 Posted in Colonial, Houses, North Stonington | No Comments »

William Sisson House

The oldest surviving house in the village of North Stonington is the William Sisson House, built in 1776. Located at 69 Main Street, it is unusual in being a hip-roofed Georgian style house, a form more commonly found in the southern states. William Sisson was a joiner (and possibly a farmer as well). The house is in the Historic American Buildings Survey, where it is referred to as House, Post Office Vicinity, North Stonington, New London County, CT.

J. O. & T. W. Wheeler House (1843)

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 Posted in Houses, North Stonington, Vernacular | No Comments »

104 Main St., North Stonington

Built in 1843 (or perhaps c. 1860) for two blacksmiths, the house at 104 Main Street in North Stonington is a vernacular residence with Victorian-era embellishments. John Own Wheeler (1818-1900) and Thomas William Wheeler (1822-1900) (who may have been a laborer and not a blacksmith) were sons of Jesse Wheeler (1786-1852), who was also a blacksmith.

William H. Hillard House (1860)

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 Posted in Gothic, Houses, North Stonington | No Comments »

William H. Hillard House

The house at 33 Main Street in North Stonington was built c. 1860. In the mid-nineteenth century it was lived in by Deacon John D. Wheeler and his wife. Wheeler had a small shop near the river bank in Milltown/North Stonington village where he made tools. Later in the nineteenth century, the house was occupied by William Horace Hillard, a farmer and teacher. In 1861 Hillard bought the general store (60 Main Street) from Charles N. Wheeler. Hillard also served as Clerk, Registrar and Treasurer of North Stonington and was a deacon of the Third Baptist Church and superintendent of the Sunday school. The house, which is Gothic Revival in style with Italianate features, was later the parsonage for the Third Baptist Church, located next door.

1 Babcock Road, North Stonington (1830)

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 Posted in Greek Revival, Houses, North Stonington | No Comments »

1 Babcock Road, North Stonington

The Greek Revival house at 1 Babcock Road in North Stonington was built c. 1830-1840. There is a barn on the property (east of the house) that was used as a cider mill, a blacksmith shop, and then a paint shop by William J. Richmond.