The Hurd House (1660)

June 7th, 2008 Posted in Colonial, Houses, Woodbury


The Hurd House in Woodbury is a combination of what were originally two smaller houses. The older, north section, dates to around 1680 and was the home of John Hurd, who became the town’s miller in 1681. The south section, which may have originally been the home of Hurd’s son, was added to the older structure in 1718, to increase the overall size of the house. The two original houses were of the end-chimney type, while the structure resulting from the combination has a central chimney. By 1779, a lean-to was added, making the house a saltbox, although this was later removed. In 1967, the house was acquired by the Old Woodbury Historical Society.

A new feature is being launched today at Historic Buildings of Connecticut. I plan to do a series of articles discussing some of the different architectural styles found in Connecticut. I will be using buildings which have appeared on this site as examples, sometimes with different photos than those which have appeared here before. The first of these articles is on Colonial Houses, which can be found at the url address: This and later articles to come will be indexed on the Architecture page (also listed in the bar above the site banner), so please check there for future additions!

  1. 23 Responses to “The Hurd House (1660)”

  2. By Colleen (Hurd) Peart on May 23, 2011

    I am also a descendant of the John Hurd family> My father was named Adam Martin Hurd and was a son of Charles Augustus Hurd and Anna Schultz. We have been able to trace back to approx. 1560 when apparently after coming from England, A Mary and John Hurd who was a civil engineer, and whose father was Sire John (Hurde)Hurd (name change) was one of the first settlers in Stratford, Ct., son John moving to Woodbury, Ct., etc.

  3. By Barry F. Sullivan on May 21, 2012

    John Hurd (whose home is pictured here) was my 9th generation maternal Great-Grandfather (my grandmother’s maiden name was Adora Adelaide Hurd). My Hurd genealogy begins with Thomas Hurde (d.1574, Kingsdon, England) and moves to his son, John Hurde (1560-1624; Somerset, England), his son, John Hurd (b. 1585, Somerset, England; came to CT c. 1630; d. 1649), his son, Adam Hurd (b. 1606, Crewkewe, Somerset, England and d. 1671 in Stratford, CT), his son, John Hurd (b.1639 in Stratford, d.1681 in Woodbury) and his son, John (1664-1732; who was my 9th generation Great-Grandfather).

  4. By Margaret P. Hangley on May 22, 2012

    Based on the information I’ve acquired from on-line searches, it appears that I am also descended from the line of Thomas Hurde (d. 1574) via his son, John (1560-1624), his son, John (1581 or 1585-1649), his son, Adam (1606-1671), his son, John (1639-1681), his son, Ebenezer, his son, Daniel (1695-1768), his daughter, Mary Hurd (1741-1806) who married David Buell (1737-1816). I was curious to learn if anyone knows which Hurd built the house shown above. I’m assuming, based on birth dates of the Johns we’ve listed, that perhaps the John who became the town miller in 1681 was a son of John Hurd, born 1639 and died 1681, making him a brother to my Ebenezer Hurd.

  5. By Deborah Ann on Apr 13, 2013

    My Great Grandmother was Anna Hurd Sire John Hurd is also my 12th Great Grandfather.
    sire hurde hordehurd
    is your 12th great grandfather
    John Hurde (1560 – 1624)
    son of sire hurde hordehurd
    John HURD (1585 – 1649)
    son of John Hurde
    John Hurd (1613 – 1681)
    son of John HURD
    Jacob Samuel Hurd (1655 – 1694)
    son of John Hurd
    Thomas Hurd (1692 – 1751)
    son of Jacob Samuel Hurd
    Jacob Hurd (1728 – 1830)
    son of Thomas Hurd
    Roswell Hurd (1762 – 1849)
    son of Jacob Hurd
    Samuel Hurd Sr. (1793 – 1875)
    son of Roswell Hurd
    Broadstreet Hurd (1832 – 1863)
    son of Samuel Hurd Sr.
    George E Hurd (1857 – 1932)
    son of Broadstreet Hurd
    Anna Hurd (1878 – 1916)
    daughter of George E Hurd
    leona marion sanders (1914 – 2002)
    daughter of Anna Hurd
    loretta claudette Rose charsky (1935 – )
    daughter of leona marion sanders
    deborah ann passero
    You are the daughter of loretta claudette Rose charsky –

  6. By Tony Hurd on May 26, 2013

    My niece traced our lineage back to John Hurd who was born in 1613, but that was as far back as she was able to go. Thank you!

  7. By Denise Mastrio on Sep 5, 2013

    My Grandfather was raised in the Hurd house, from age 1 to 5, by his childless married cousin Mamie Skelley after the death of his Mother. We spent many a wonderful day on the property and my Grasndfather took care of Mamie until her death in the early 60’s. He inherited the house at that time.

  8. By Diane Estes on Sep 24, 2013

    I am also a descendant of Thomas Hurde d.1574, his son John 1560-1624, his son John 1585-1649, his son Adam Hurd 1607-1671, his son John 1639-1681,his son Ebenezer 1668-1750, his son Robert Hurd 1695-1794, his son Crippen Burd Sr. 1727-1821, his son Elijah Hurd 1770-1816, his son Lyman Hurd b. 1797, his son William W Hurd 1823-1894, his son Alton L Hurd b. 1857, his son George L Hurd 1877-1944, his son William A Hurd 1909-1971 to his daughter Mary b. 1936.

  9. By Karen (Hurd) Ward on Sep 25, 2013

    I am also a descendent of the John Hurd line…my father, David Drue Hurd, born in Springfield, Ohio, completed the research in 1983. I have the records in storage…I suppose I should recount the lineage here.

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  11. By William J. Hurd on Jan 8, 2014

    This is the first time I have seen these posts, and I find them very interesting. John Hurde is my 10th great grandfather, through John, Adam, John, Ebenezer, Daniel, Ebenezer, Sr., Ebenezer, jr., Egbert, Albert R., Egbert Swarthout and Laurence Egbert, my father. Most interesting to me is seeing that people have Thomas Hurde as the father of John Hurde; I have not seen this on Does anyone have any source data for Thomas Hurde?

    In May, 2014, I plan to visit High Ham and Alleton, the stated homes of John Hurde and his son John. Does anyone know what I should look for? Has anyone been there?

    Margaret, your Mary and my Ebenezer, Sr., are siblings, which makes us 5th cousins if we are in the same generation.

    I have a recent picture of the headstone of Ebenezer Hurd, jr., with a plaque commemorating his Revolutionary War service, which I am happy to share.

  12. By Alisha Hurd Starr on Feb 4, 2014

    John Hurd is my 8th Great Grandfather, and I have been to this lovely home in Woodbury, CT. I have been able to trace our lineage only back to about 1560 to Sire Hurd Hordehurd. If anyone has any documentation about Thomas Hurd d.1574, I would love to be able to add that info. to my tree. Thanks!!

  13. By Diane- on Mar 18, 2014

    This is just wonderful.. we are all related. I’m 9th generation of Ebenezer Hurd. My grandmother was Lorraine Eggleston-Hurd, who just pasted away last week at 101. Got to see some Hurd family haven’t seen in a while. They told me about the Hurd House, planning on a visit this year. Love to see the pic of Ebenezer Hurd Jr or anything else. I’m not sure what happened docementation. My grandmother was youngest of 7 so… ?? my DAR president wanted to know if we are related to silversmith hurd, are we? take care

  14. By Margaret Hangley on Jun 4, 2014

    William, it’s nice to meet a new relative! Mary (Hurd) Buell is my fourth-great-grandmother. I hope that helps you in determining our generation. I find studying genealogy to be such fun because we get to meet and/or converse with family we never knew existed. I hope you’re enjoying it, too!

  15. By Randy Hurd on Jun 14, 2014

    Has anyone here looked at Does your information match up with what is listed there? I hadn’t heard of Thomas Hurde d. 1574. I thought John was as far back as the line went.

    It looks like Adam, (son of John, son of John, son of Thomas), was the first Hurd in America. Does anyone have any leads regarding his story? It would be interesting to know his motivations. What a long American line!

  16. By Carol S. Headley on Aug 30, 2014

    I am also a Hurd through John. Are there ever any Hurd reunions?

  17. By Nanalee (Hurd)Starr on Apr 14, 2015

    I did a search on my dad Herbert E Hurd and his father and it went back to Sire Hurde Hordehurd 1560-1624. My dads father was berton Hiram Hurd and his father Hiram Hurd. All I can say is I am glad they shorten the name to Hurd.

  18. By Ralph Hurd on Jan 17, 2016

    I am a Hurd.
    I have traced all the way back to Sire Hurd. No information Sire.
    I am on family tree.

    Like tom hear from some Hurd’s.

  19. By JoAnn Culp Youngman on May 2, 2016

    I too am a Hurd. My grandmother Jane Hurd was born in Canandaigua, NY, there married Orange Culp and they moved to Wisconsin, as did her father John. I can trace the Hurd back to High Ham as well. There is quite a bit of bad information on the Internet, lots of confusion because John and Adam both named their sons John. The Dena Hurd book added to the confusion. I would be thrilled to hear from family members about their ancestors. For example was Wait Hurd always a male? A couple of places I’m not sure. Jane’s grandfather was Elijah, his father was Benjamin. There is some confusion out there regarding the Elijah/Benjamin connection. Elijah is buried in Canandaigua.

  20. By Nancy Miller on Jul 12, 2016

    Fabulous resource.

  21. By Nancy Miller on Jul 12, 2016

    Justus Hurd b. 2 Apr. 1721 was married to Rachel Love Fuller, her great-grandfather Samual Fuller came over on the Mayflower.

  22. By James Collins on Nov 5, 2016

    Nice to see so many people connecting here. It is amazing to see how many decedents there are. My great grandfather was Henry Hurd and his part of the family came to Canada around the time of the American Revolution from Stratford, CT. If anyone is ever looking to fill in some blanks in the family tree feel free to contact me at Some of my relatives have done extensive research and I would be happy to share.

  23. By Eddie Hurd on Jan 29, 2018

    I’m looking for any and all information relating to this house and the park in Conn.

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