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.

  1. 8 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.

  6. By Gwen Chappell on Jan 26, 2017

    My sisters and I are planning a trip to CT in June or July. We are 11th great grandchildren of Joseph Loomis. We would love to visit the homestead. Can you let me know what hours it may be open in the summer? So appreciate any information you can give us.

    Thanks for your time,
    Gwen Chappell
    442 Burdick Ct
    Grand Forks ND 58203

  7. By Aaron Loomis on Mar 7, 2017

    This is an incredible find!
    Joseph Loomis was my 10th great grandfather.

  8. By William Ratermann on Mar 20, 2017

    I would really love to come and visit the house and see the property it self I want to come out this summer for a visit since I was doing my family history on Ancestery.com and I am also related to Joseph Loomis who is my 11 great grandfather on one of my side of the family on my grandfathers side of course from the St. John side my name is William Ratermann based out of Califorina and I would love to know more on him and the rest of the family then with more information please which would help then I am related through his daughter Sarah who married Richard that is the relation.

  9. By Ann homer on Aug 29, 2017

    What are the hours of visitation at the homestead? Are the grave sites there near the home? I’ll be in the area this Sunday or Monday.
    Thank you.

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