The William Coit House (1763)

March 19th, 2009 Posted in Colonial, Houses, New London


In the eighteenth century, Coit Street (then Cove Street) in New London followed the shoreline of Bream Cove, an arm of New London Harbor. The Cove later shrank in the nineteenth century from silting and filling in to create additional land. When the William Coit House, on the corner of Washington and Coit Streets, was built around 1763, it was therefore on the water, although this is no longer the case. The Coits were a shipbuilding family and William Coit commanded ships during the Revolutionary War. Coit was also captain of a militia company, composed largely of sailors, that marched to the Siege of Boston in 1775.

  1. 4 Responses to “The William Coit House (1763)”

  2. By Debbie on Jan 18, 2013

    I am a descendent of the coit family. Are there any other coit homes still standing. Also, I’m looking for more infomation on Rev. Joseph Coit. I heard there was a biography written about him.

  3. By Michael Link on Sep 28, 2013

    I have a Revolutionary War document signed by Dr. Joseph Coit, if your interested.

  4. By Jane on May 15, 2014

    I am also related to William Coit, his daughter Abigail married Joseph Williams a direct descendant of Edward Fuller from the Mayflower. I did not know about this house, although I knew Joseph & Abigail’s house was still standing a few years ago.

  5. By Barbara Darrow Beitel on Sep 19, 2016

    Did William Coit and Chapman go together to the battle of Bunker Hill? My relative, also from New London, Christopher Darrow was an officer in Chapman’s company.

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