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The Deacon Chauncey Wells House (1770)

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009 Posted in Colonial, Houses, Wethersfield | 1 Comment »


The Deacon Chauncey Wells House, at 491 Wells Road in Wethersfield, was built in 1770. According to a traditional story, the east half of the house was built first, then the second half later on. These were initially two separate residences, possibly built for two brothers. The house was sold out of this branch of the Wells family in 1882.

Elisha Stillman House (1775)

Saturday, November 21st, 2009 Posted in Colonial, Houses, Wethersfield | 1 Comment »


The Elisha Stillman House, at 99 Wells Road in Wethersfield, was built around 1775. The property had been owned by Lt. John Stillman, who sold it to his brother, Elisha Stillman, in 1773. Their father, Deacon John Stillman, was married to Mary Wolcott, whose father Samuel Wolcott had owned the land on which the Joseph Webb (1752) and Silas Deane (c. 1770) Houses were later built on Main Street. In 1765, either John or Elisha Stillman sold Deane the land where he later built his home. The Stillman House later became part of the Silas W. Robbins farm property in the nineteenth century.

Albert Morgan House (1900)

Saturday, June 20th, 2009 Posted in Folk Victorian, Houses, Queen Anne, Wethersfield | No Comments »


In 1898, Edward and Abbie Buck sold a lot on Hartford Avenue in Wethersfield to Albert Morgan and his house was built soon afterward (around 1900). I don’t know if this is the Albert Morgan associated with the Albert Morgan Archeological Society. The house passed through other owners and was acquired by Charles H. Robbins in 1923. His, daughter Ethel, resided there until 1972, when she moved to Armsmear in Hartford. An “M” for Morgan on the house’s chimney support was inadvertently placed upside down when the chimney was rebuilt in 1973.

The E.G. Robbins House (1790)

Friday, May 1st, 2009 Posted in Houses, Italianate, Wethersfield | No Comments »


The E.G. Robbins House, on Main Street in Wethersfield, was originally a gambrel-roofed structure, built by Elijah Wright around 1790. Wright served as a militia captain in the Revolutionary War. The house was extensively remodeled in the Italianate style around 1850, probably by the seed company owner, Silas W. Robbins. By 1869, the house was owned by Robbins’s brother, Edward Griswold Robbins. It was later the Pyquaug Inn and now the building houses a hair salon.

William Meggat House (1886)

Friday, April 17th, 2009 Posted in Houses, Queen Anne, Wethersfield | No Comments »


The William Meggat House, built in 1886 on Hartford Avenue in Wethersfield, is now the rectory of Sacred Heart Parish. Meggat was a partner in the seed company Wolcott & Meggat. The house originally had a porch, which has since been removed.

The Capt. Caleb Griswold House (1734)

Thursday, April 16th, 2009 Posted in Colonial, Houses, Wethersfield | No Comments »


Capt. Caleb Griswold was a Wethersfield sea captain. Griswold‘s house, on Main Street, not far from Wethersfield Cove, was built in 1734: one of the house‘s chimney bricks is inscribed with that date.

Frank S. Brown House (1880)

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 Posted in Houses, Queen Anne, Wethersfield | 2 Comments »


The Queen Anne style house of Frank S. Brown, on Hartford Avenue in Wethersfield, was built sometime in the 1880s. Brown was a Hartford merchant who, in 1866, joined with James M. Thomson and William McWhirter to form the dry goods firm of Brown, Thomson & Co., which became a major New England department store. Brown retired from the company in 1890 and in 1893 the house was sold out of the Brown family. Ellsworth S. Grant, the Connecticut historian, former mayor of West Hartford and brother-in-law of Katharine Hepburn, was later born in the house. In 1920, Minnie Pricone and Mary Rometta, with their husbands and families, moved into the house. They owned the Marie Phillips Dress Company and tailoring work was done in the basement area of the house.

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