William C. Cogswell House (1823)

June 1st, 2016 Posted in Federal Style, Houses, Woodbury

William C. Cogswell House

The house at 6 Green Circle in Woodbury was built around 1823 for William Camp Cogswell (1796-1874). A merchant, Cogswell was twice married, first in 1821 to Frances Pomeroy Whittlesey (1801-1837); second in 1838 to Catharine A. Sherman. Cogswell ran a shop south of the house under the name Cogswell and Sherman. As described by W. A. Strong in a letter printed in The Town and People: A Chronological Compilation of Contributed Writings from Present and Past Residents of the Town of Woodbury, Connecticut (1901):

The pleasant days when I attended school in the old brown school house come back with greater force when the changes since that time are considered. Then the country store kept by Mr. Cogswell was where the people from far and near brought their butter and eggs to exchange for sugar, molasses, dry goods and Yankee notions. “Doc” was the presiding genius behind the counter, and we small boys looked with wonder and envy on the treasures he controlled. His fiddle was our delight and nothing could excel the music from his magical bow.

  1. One Response to “William C. Cogswell House (1823)”

  2. By Diana Light on Sep 8, 2017

    Good Morning!
    I appreciate all the work and dedication it has surely taken to compile this information. I would, however, make just one suggestion; that is, to provide information on the exact location of each property, to the extent that it is reasonable to do so.
    Many thanks for your work.
    Best regards,
    Diana Light

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