Gen. Gold Selleck Silliman House (1756)

September 16th, 2011 Posted in Colonial, Fairfield, Houses

Known as “The Orchard,” the Gen. Gold Selleck Silliman House is located at 506 Jennings Road in Fairfield. A general in the Revolutionary War, Silliman took part in the Battle of Ridgefield in 1777. In May 1779, Silliman and his son were captured in their home by a party of tories who had crossed Long Island Sound in the night. U.S. Navy Captain David Hawley later captured Thomas Jones, a highly reputed loyalist, to exchange for Silliman a year after his capture. Gen. Silliman‘s house was also used as a place of refuge by citizens fleeing the British burning of Fairfield on July 8, 1779. Gen. Silliman’s son, Benjamin Silliman, became the first professor of science at Yale University and the first to distill petroleum.

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  1. 3 Responses to “Gen. Gold Selleck Silliman House (1756)”

  2. By Josh on Sep 16, 2011

    I’ve been working on making the Henry Austin wikipedia page more thorough. I’d love to have your imput on it, since I use your website quite a bit. The photos are not the best, so I will try and get some today that show the buildings better, although pesky trees will make that somewhat difficult. I hope you enjoy.

  3. By Tom Berrill on Feb 1, 2012

    Intresting house! Intresting man! Intresting history! Are there tours of the house available?

  4. By Daniel on Feb 1, 2012

    It’s a private home.

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