Jonathan Root House (1720)

March 29th, 2012 Posted in Colonial, Houses, Southington

The oldest house in Southington is the Jonathan Root House at 140-142 N Main Street. It was built in 1720 and Jonathan Root later kept a tavern in the house. When Southington became a town in 1779, Root was chosen as one of the First Selectmen. He was also a member of the Committee of Correspondence during the Revolutionary War. According to local tradition, George Washington stopped at the tavern in 1780. Extensive additions were later made to the house and the rear roof slope was raised in 1942, but these changes have now all been removed. The house, which today is used as lawyers’ offices, no longer has its original central chimney.

  1. 3 Responses to “Jonathan Root House (1720)”

  2. By Jim Sanders on Mar 30, 2012

    I love looking touring and looking at old buildings. I’m glad I found your website. Do you have any articles about the Twitchell-Rowland Homestead in Oxford, CT. They are having an open house on May 5 & 6.

    Regards, Jim
    Twitchell-Rowland Homestead Open House – Oxford, CT

  3. By Josh on Mar 30, 2012

    I’ve passed this house so many times and wondered about that door. I wonder if it’s original; it looks Greek revival or at least colonial revival.

  4. By Daniel on Mar 30, 2012

    @Jim Sanders

    I have yet to get pictures in Oxford. I hope to do so soon. 🙂

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