Loomis Homestead (1640)

August 6th, 2011 Posted in Colonial, Houses, Windsor

The oldest house in Windsor is the Loomis Homestead, located on the campus of Loomis Chaffee school. The oldest part of the house is now the south ell, built by Joseph Loomis in 1640. His son, Deacon John Loomis built the main section in 1788. In the 1870s, planning began for what would become Loomis Chaffee, established by five Loomis siblings, children of Colonel James Loomis and Abigail Sherwood Chaffee, who had all lost their own children. The school’s first buildings, completed in 1913-1916, were designed to match the axis of the Loomis Homestead, several degrees off of true north. The old house itself remained in the Loomis family until Miss Jennie Loomis deeded it to the Loomis Institute in 1901. She continued to reside in the house until her death, in 1944. Then it became a residence for a member of the Loomis Chaffee School faculty and continues as a museum and memorial to the Loomis family.

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  1. 4 Responses to “Loomis Homestead (1640)”

  2. By Jane irvine on May 3, 2014

    What are the museum hours in June. Family wishes to visit the homestead.
    I am 9th generation granddaughter of Joseph Loomis

    Thank you

  3. By Daniel on May 4, 2014

    To get that information you should contact the Loomis Chaffee school.

  4. By Stephen Burrows on Mar 14, 2016

    I am writing a book, and wanted to include the Loomis Homestead. My question is, what persentage of the house is original from the 1640 section, and from the 1788 section? Thank you for your response.

  5. By Lucinda Wight Bryant on Apr 29, 2016

    My Great grandmother Permelia Loomis Wight is a direct descendant according to my daughter’s research.

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