The Carpenter Gothic-style cottage, with board and batten siding, at 196 King Street in East Hartford was built by Spencer H. Burnham on land he acquired from his grandfather, Selah Burnham, in 1874. Burnham, a Civil War veteran, tobacco farmer and carpenter, who served as Selectman in 1878, probably built the house around the time of his marriage to Mary C. Anderson on January 11, 1881.
An early section (possibly the east end) of the house at 165 Maple Street in East Hartford may date to as early as c. 1702. The house was enlarged, probably in the 1780s, when it would have also acquired its gambrel roof. According to local tradition the house was built by Isaac Porter, who also built a house at 74 Porter Street in East Hartford.
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.