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Willington Train Depot (1894)

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 Posted in Stations, Stick Style, Willington | No Comments »

In 1850, the New London, Willimantic and Palmer Railroad Company erected a train depot near what is now 14 Tolland Turnpike in Willington. The rail line became part of the Central Vermont Railway in 1871. The original depot burned down in 1894 and was replaced that same year by a new train station/freight depot building. The station/depot was originally called the Tolland Station, because nearby Tolland was the county seat. It was later renamed the Tolland & Willington Station, and then the West Willington Station. By 1947 the station had closed and was then used by the Ruby Lumber Company until it was renovated to become a branch of the Savings Bank of Tolland in 1976. The bank moved to a new location at Phelps Way in Willington in 1988 and took with it a collection of train memorabilia, donated over the years by local residents. In 2016, by which time it was a branch of First Niagara (it’s now KeyBank), the bank donated the collection of 22 objects to the Willington Historical Society.

Former Nichols Store (1874)

Monday, May 22nd, 2017 Posted in Commercial Buildings, Vernacular, Willington | No Comments »

Although it is now used as a diner, the building at 12 Tolland Turnpike in Willington, next to the old railroad depot, was built as a store. The first store in West Willington opened in 1837. The business was acquired by John Carpenter in 1874, when the current building was erected. In 1888, Charles Nichols bought it, moved the building to its current location and added a grain room. Hans Hansen acquired the business in 1902 and added a post office section in 1936. By the time of his death in 1939, Hansen’s Grain and Grocery Store was being run by his daughter, Ester (1913-2014), and her husband, Floyd W. Phelps. It was renovated in 1957 to become Phelps Market, which later moved to Phelps Crossing nearby.

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Baptist Parsonage, Willington (1830)

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 Posted in Federal Style, Greek Revival, Houses, Willington | No Comments »

The house at 7 Common Road in Willington was built in 1830 by Albert Sharp and funded by a private association to provide a residence for the minister of the nearby Baptist Church, now the Federated Church of Willington. Ownership was transferred to the trustees of the Baptist Church in 1901. The building was enlarged in 1913.

The Old Manse, Willington (1728)

Friday, December 2nd, 2016 Posted in Colonial, Houses, Willington | No Comments »

The Old Manse

The house at 4 Jared Sparks Road in Willington, built before 1739 (a twentieth-century owner determined a date of 1728), has been designated as the town’s oldest house. It may have been built by John Watson, one of the town’s original proprietors who owned the property in 1727. It later served as the Congregational Church parsonage until 1911.

Amasa Reed House (1805)

Thursday, December 1st, 2016 Posted in Greek Revival, Houses, Willington | No Comments »

Amasa Reed House

The house at 108 Tolland Turnpike in Willington was most likely erected c. 1805-1806 by Amasa Reed. It was later owned by the stockholders of the Willington Glass Factory, erected across the street in 1815. William Shaffer, a glassblower, bought the house in 1825 and resided there until his death in 1899.

Ezekiel Sibley House (1795)

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 Posted in Colonial, Houses, Willington | No Comments »


The house at 100 Common Road in Willington is thought to have been built by Ezekiel Sibley around 1795. Beza Soule bought the property in 1818. Beza Soule (1783-1825) came from a family of stone carvers from Plymouth County, Massachusetts. His widow Mary sold the house in 1837 to Clark Noble and it remained in the noble family for until 1887.

Glass Factory School (1854)

Saturday, October 8th, 2016 Posted in Schools, Vernacular, Willington | No Comments »

Glass Factory District School, Willington

The Willington Glass Company, founded in 1814, gave its name to the Glass Factory School District in the Town of Willington. The district was served by a one-room schoolhouse, located at the modern address of 18 Glass Factory School Road. According to page 107 of the book A Glimpse of Willington’s Past by Isabel B. Weigold, published by the Willington Historical Society in 1991, the school was erected in 1858. A sign on the building gives a date of 1854. It replaced an earlier school on the site, dating back perhaps to 1727. After the school districts were consolidated, Albert Benjamin bought the house and converted it into a residence in 1936.