The house at 142 King Street in East Hartford was built c. 1790 by Daniel Williams, who purchased the property around that time. In 1812 the house was inherited by Phineas Williams and had many other owners over the years. In the early nineteenth century the house was altered with Greek Revival design features.
Dudley Fox (1823-1889), a silversmith, built the house at 177 Naubuc Avenue in East Hartford in 1854. He then constructed a factory to the north were he manufactured silver plated ware. Fox served as the Hockanum postmaster from May 12, 1865, through November 27, 1867 and used a fancy stamp cancellation marking in the form of a Running Fox. (for more information see “Dudley’s Fox” by W.J. Duffney). Business did not go well and in 1869 Fox sold the house to his son-in-law. Read the rest of this entry »
The house at 502-504 Silver Lane in East Hartford was built in 1740 by Russell Smith. It was later converted into a two-family house and, among many other changes, the current two chimneys probably replaced an original large center chimney.
The brick house at 237 Naubuc Avenue in East Hartford was built around 1797 by Jehiel “Hiel” Risley (1767-1844), a sea captain from Glastonbury. The house was raised around 1840 from a one-story gambrel roof to a two-story gable roof. In an otherwise symmetrical arrangement, the house’s front doorway and the window above are noticeably left of center.
The house at 1564-1566 Main Street in East Hartford was built by Nathan Pitkin, perhaps around the time of his marriage to Lucy Olmsted (1772-1863) in 1803. Nathan Pitkin (1773-1819), a grandson of Connecticut Governor William Pitkin, built his house near where he grew up in a section of East Hartford where many members of the Pitkin family lived.
The Hockanum Methodist Episcopal Church, later the Hockanum United Methodist Church, was started in the early 1820s in the community of Hockanum in the south part of East Hartford. It was one of the first churches founded after the new Connecticut constitution of 1818 guaranteed the separation of church and state. Their original church building on South Main Street was built in 1838 and was remodeled in 1883-1884. A kitchen wing was added in 1911. Rev. Benjamin C. Phelps, who was a minister at the Hockanum Methodist Church, built the octagon house on Naubuc Avenue in East Hartford in 1852. After the neighborhood grew rapidly during World War II, plans were made to move the old church to a new site, just 50 feet to the south, where it would form part of a new and larger structure. Before being moved, in October 1951, the old building was raised to create room at the new site for a basement hall. Completed early the following year, the new church consisted of the old sanctuary, remodeled and lengthened, with a new front entrance and a new education wing at the rear. The facade of the new church was 20 feet further from Main Street than its predecessor, allowing space for a front lawn. In 2007 the church (address 178 Main Street) was sold to La Iglesia de Dios Evangelica El Refugio.