Archive for the ‘Oxford’ Category

St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Oxford (1973)

Sunday, February 11th, 2018 Posted in Churches, Colonial Revival, Oxford | No Comments »

Pictured above is the rear elevation of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, located at 733 Oxford Road in Oxford. The parish, established in 1966, began as a mission of St. Augustine Parish in Seymour. It later passed to the care of St. Rose, Newtown and then to St. Michael, Beacon Falls in 1924 before returning again to St. Augustine in 1948. In 1909, Judge Thomas Coman of New York donated money to build a chapel. Dedicated on July 2, 1912 to St. Mary, the chapel was renamed for St. Thomas the Apostle on October 9, 1916. In 1971 the site for the current church was chosen and the Coman chapel was sold the following year. The new church was dedicated on January 28, 1973.

Dr. Lewis Barnes House (1800)

Thursday, February 8th, 2018 Posted in Greek Revival, Houses, Oxford | No Comments »

In 1907-1908, Oxford Congregational Church acquired the house at 6 Academy Road, at the southeast corner of Oxford Road and Academy Road in Oxford, to serve as its parsonage. The front section of the house dates to c. 1800, but the rear section, which has a saltbox roof, is possibly much older. Before becoming a parsonage, the house was the residence of Dr. Lewis Barnes (1824-1907), who was a physician in Oxford from 1856 until his death. Read the rest of this entry »

Wyant Homestead (1815)

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018 Posted in Houses, Oxford, Vernacular | No Comments »

Known as the Wyant Homestead, the house at 82 Woodside Avenue in Oxford was built in 1815 by Captain Ebenezar Johnson, a veteran of the War of 1812. He built the barn first in 1814 and lived in it until he completed the house the following year.

Henry E. Bidwell House (1799)

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017 Posted in Colonial, Houses, Oxford | No Comments »

The house at 55 Barry Road in Oxford was built in 1799 by James Dorman, who sold it the following year to George Cable. This sale included half-interest in a sawmill and gristmill, called Burrell Mills, located across the road along Eight Mile Brook. For a century, owners of the house would also own the mill, which is no longer in existence. The house has had many owners over the years, but was long known as the Bidwell Place, named for Henry E. Bidwell (1804-1883), who bought the house c. 1837. His family sold it in 1885. In the 1930s, the property, known as Petticoat Farm, was owned by H. Reinhardt Lewis, an artist who painted the local landscape. Built into a hillside, the house has an extra story in the rear.

Josiah Twitchell House (1775)

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 Posted in Colonial, Houses, Oxford | No Comments »

Notable for its elaborate front entryway, the house at 11 Christian Street in Oxford is believed to have been built around 1775 by Josiah Twitchell.

Clark Tomlinson House (1820)

Thursday, September 28th, 2017 Posted in Federal Style, Houses, Oxford | No Comments »

Named for Clark Tomlinson, the house at 447 Quaker Farms Road in Oxford was built about 1820. By 1835 it was owned by Asa and Hannah Hawkins and in 1868 was owned by Horace E. Hinman (1819-1902). As related in a biography of his son in the Commemorative Biographical Record of Dutchess County, New York (1897), Horace Hinman

was born in Southbury, Conn., and married a native of that place, Mary Hughes, a lady of Scotch descent. They first settled in Southbury and later in Oxford, Conn., Mr. Hinman following the shoemaker’s trade. He is a Democrat in politics, and he and his wife are both consistent members of the M. E. Church. They had four children[.]

The house was later occupied by tenant farmers, became dilapidated, and was restored in 1971.

Oxfordshire (1925)

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 Posted in Colonial Revival, Houses, Oxford | No Comments »

Stephen Betts Church (1866-1951) was a businessman and land-owner in Oxford who founded the Stephen B. Church Company, which specializes in drilling high capacity artesian wells. In 1925, he expanded his original family homestead at 53 Great Hill Road. The old house, built in 1736, was split in half and the two parts were moved to be on either side of a new section in the center. Church named his thirty-room mansion Oxfordshire. A highlight of the house is the music room, which features an Aeolian Pipe Organ. Read the rest of this entry »