49 Barnes Hill Road, Burlington (1803)

September 24th, 2012 Posted in Burlington, Federal Style, Houses

The house at 49 Barnes Hill Road in Burlington is currently for sale. One of the present owners of the house has provided me the results of some of her research into the history of the property. She writes that

The property was purchased/settled we believe in 1803 (previous owners found a dated cornerstone in the cellar) when Burlington was a part of Bristol (Burlington was incorporated in 1806). The original owners were Amzi [Barnes (1784-1865)] and Sophoronia [Mills] Barnes. We think they built the original structure. They had 10 children, many of whom stayed in the area. Many also died in childhood and are buried in a local Burlington cemetery.

The house has clearly been expanded over time and has been thoroughly renovated for modern living inside. The current main structure we believe dates back to the 1880s and shows up on the Burlington land records then. Our current family room originally served as the “birthing barn” for the new calves on the farm and was later finished as a family room and connected to the main house in the 20th century via a connecting “mud room”.

One of Amzi and Sophronia‘s sons was Isaac Barnes (1830-1909), a meat merchant and lumber dealer who was a member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Burlington in 1867. Another son was Cromwell Barnes, who was the father of Adna North Barnes. Adna had five children with his second wife, Anna Delight Upson Barnes, who are pictured on page 81 of the Images of America volume on Burlington. One of the children was Louis Barnes.

One descendant who lived in the home, Louis Barnes, [was] born during the 1888 blizzard. He was noted as a prize cattle breeder in CT. I believe he is credited with bringing some of the first Swiss cows to America.

There is an article about him, “Louis Barnes: An Award Winning Cattle Breeder,” by James Klaneski, which can be found in the document Some Burlington, Connecticut Articles of the Past Gathered Together, Volume 1 (Chapter 6, page 86) on the Town of Burlington’s website. The obituary of Louis Upson Barnes, who died in 1979, can be read on page 12 of another document on the same site, “Obituaries of Burlington People.” His wife was Laura Raynor Barnes (1891-1973), who wrote a history of the Burlington Congregational Church at its 150th anniversary. The current owner of the house notes that Laura also “ran an International Youth Hostel out of our house sometime in the 1950s/1960s.”

We know that the current Barnes Hill Road was named after the family who built our house. They originally owned the barns across the street, what is now known as the “Cow House” down the road, which apparently originally served as another barn for cattle, and the yellow Victorian style cottage down the street which served as a home for the single farmhands (heresay–I don’t know this all for sure).

At some point in the early-mid 20th century a man named Stanley F. Withe purchased the home and acreage and later sold the property to developers for the modern homes that comprise the surrounding neighborhood. Mr. Withe was an executive with Aetna insurance and served also as a CT State Senator for many years. His son [Stanley F. Withe, Jr.] was arrested in [1964] for operating a counterfeiting operation out of his printing business in Unionville, CT and served time in federal prison.

  1. 2 Responses to “49 Barnes Hill Road, Burlington (1803)”

  2. By George Barsi on Oct 26, 2012

    This home, 49 Barnes Hill Rd was illustrated in the last Connecticut map of Landmark homes, in 1856. This landmarks wee used to navigate public roads at that time and this one could be seen from Rt 4 back then as the hill was kept cleared for its apple orchards, wood lots and grazing land.

  3. By Margaret Colturi on Jul 18, 2017

    The counterfeiting plates used by Stanley Withe were found by the FBI in the Burlington town dump!

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