John McCurdy House (1700)

May 9th, 2009 Posted in Colonial, Houses, Old Lyme


Across from the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, on South Green, is a house built around 1700 by Amos Tinker. In 1753, it was purchased by John McCurdy, a Scotch-Irish ship merchant who was a patriot during the Revolutionary War. George Washington spent a night in the house in April, 1776, when he was on his way from Boston to New York. In July, 1778, Lafayette was also a guest at the McCurdy home. John McCurdy was the grandfather of Judge Charles Johnson McCurdy, who lived in the home in his later years.

  1. 7 Responses to “John McCurdy House (1700)”

  2. By Laura on May 9, 2009

    Great photo – I absolutely love this house. After years of living in an 1855 colonial, I am living in a contemporary – it’s killin’ me!!

  3. By marie on Feb 19, 2010

    that house looks absolutly haunted to me; I bet i would even last one night in that strange looking house! I wonder what the inside looks like?

  4. By Justin Baine on Jun 25, 2011

    I come from the McCurdy family. My mother done a genealogy on our family and he is like so many great granfather of mine.

  5. By Jessica (Tinker) Dapson on Dec 14, 2015

    This house was built by my eight-times-great grandfather Amos Tinker. I look forward to someday visiting.

  6. By hugh goodman on Jun 23, 2017

    I am writing a book on where George Washington slept, and was wondering if there is an older photograph than the one that is on this website.

    Hugh Goodman

  7. By Daniel on Jun 24, 2017

    You could try contacting the Old Lyme Historical Society, the Connecticut State Library or the Connecticut Historical Society.

  8. By Hugh Goodman on Aug 18, 2017

    Thanks Daniel. I will do so. Appreciate the suggestions

    Hugh Goodman

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