The Amos Morris Hathaway House (1889)

July 22nd, 2009 Posted in Houses, Queen Anne, Windham


The Amos Morris Hathaway House, at 191 Prospect Street in Willimantic, is a Queen Anne house built in 1889. Hathaway was an executive with the Willimantic Linen Company, which later became American Thread Company. In 1957, Hathaway’s surviving daughters, Kate and Marion, deeded the house to the city to become a children’s library: the Taylor-Hathaway Memorial Library. It was named in honor of Dr. Daniel Taylor, Kate’s late husband, and her brother Edgar, who had been an office manager at American Thread. Dr. Taylor was a dentist and expert on telescopes who practiced in New York City and Willimantic and who also owned a home in Noank. The house served as a library for ten years, when the children’s collection was moved to the new library on Main Street.

  1. 8 Responses to “The Amos Morris Hathaway House (1889)”

  2. By Literary Dreamer on Jul 23, 2009

    Always love these type of old houses, with part of the roof being cone-shaped. It looks like it could use a paint job, though. Know of any plans to do so?

  3. By Daniel on Jul 23, 2009

    Nope, its up to the owners. Their are many nicely painted Victorian houses in Willimantic, but also many that are not being kept up in good condition.

  4. By Mark on Dec 5, 2009

    We would love to paint this thing…just waiting for a spare $45,000 to do it. How’s that? Remember Tom Hanks and the Money Pit? This is every bit of that. Cheers.

  5. By Icarus on Oct 31, 2011

    I lived in this place in the mid-90’s, this place was haunted and often visited by bats during the summer.

  6. By Bob Allard on Feb 2, 2016

    My wife and I bought this place in April 1971 From the city of Willimantic.
    We sold it in 1973 when the price of oil went up to .37 cents a gallon. I had been paying .14 cents a gallon and the embargo was coming…. Yes we had both bats and ghosts. Also, a great number of good times.

  7. By Christel Donahue on May 28, 2016

    It has been painted.

  8. By Christel Donahue on May 28, 2016

    Bats, yes. Ghosts? Haunted How?

  9. By Karen Banta on Aug 11, 2016

    Yes, it was haunted. My little sister and I saw it once in the middle of the night. We both woke up when we heard a loud noise–like a door slamming. When we looked out the window we saw a woman with a night gown “floating” in the back yard. She looked at us and we ducked down. When we got the nerve to look back out, she had disappeared. We lived there with our family from 1971 – 1973. Lots of bats. Tons of great times.

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