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Oldfield (1818)

Saturday, August 21st, 2010 Posted in Federal Style, Houses, Southbury | No Comments »

Between 1818 and 1822, John Moseley built a house on what is now Main Street North in Southbury. The lumber for the house was said to have been personally selected by Moseley in Maine. After Moseley died in 1876 at the age of one hundred, the house passed through several owners, including Albert and Ruth Aston, who donated the land that became the First Church Green. In 1902, a building across the street, which had once served as an inn or store, was moved and attached to the rear of the house and raised from one to two stories. The house’s interior was also featured in photographs taken by Wallace Nutting during the period when he lived in Southbury. Known as Oldfield, the house has been a bed & breakfast, called Cornucopia at Oldfield, since 1997.

Truman Gillet House (1805)

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 Posted in Colonial, Granby, Houses | No Comments »

Truman Gillet, a Granby farmer and cooper, built a small slatbox house on North Granby Road in 1805. Gillet had acquired the land from his uncle, Azariah Gillet, who farmed in the area in partnership with Truman’s father, Nathan Gillet. Truman Gillet occupied the house until his death in 1873, at the age of 90. His house is now the Truman Gillet House B & B.

Chapin Park (1871)

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010 Posted in Gothic, Houses, New Hartford | No Comments »

Chapin Park, which is today a bed and breakfast, is an 1871 Gothic Revival house on Church Street in Pine Meadow in New Hartford. It was the second house on the site built for Edward M. Chapin (the earlier one was moved to make way for the new one). The house has a similar arrangement of interior rooms to that of Edward’s brother, Philip Chapin, nearby. Chapin Park was designed by Robert W. Hill, a Waterbury-based architect who designed buildings throughout Connecticut.

Lathrop Manor (1745)

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 Posted in Colonial, Houses, Norwich | 1 Comment »

The seventeenth century home of Dr. John Olmstead, Norwich’s first physician, was located at the current site of Lathrop Manor, on Washington Street in Norwichtown. He later sold his house, built around 1660, to Samuel Lathrop (1650-1732). It was then inherited by Samuel’s son, Thomas Lathrop (1681-1774). It is possible the original house burned in 1745 and was rebuilt. In any case, after Samuel’s death, it was owned by Dr. Daniel Lathrop, who joined with Dr. Joshua Lathrop (whose home is across the street) to establish Connecticut’s first apothecary, at that time the only one located between New York and Boston. Benedict Arnold lived in the house as a young man while he was apprenticed to the Lathrops, who were merchants in addition to running an apothecary. Dr. Daniel Lathrop married Jerusha, the daughter of Governor Joseph Talcott. The property was famed for its gardens and Lydia Huntly Sigourney, who later became a popular poet and author, lived in the house as a child while her father was working as a gardener for the Lathrops. Sigourney recorded her memories of the house and garden in her books, Sketch of Connecticut, Forty Years Since (1824) and Letters of Life (1866). After Mrs. Jerusha Lathrop died in 1806, the house was owned by another Daniel Lathrop, the son of Dr. Joshua Lathrop. An important resident in the later nineteenth century was Daniel Coit Gilman, an influential educator who taught at Yale and became the first president of Johns Hopkins University. A Lathrop descendant, Gilman delivered A Historical Discourse at Norwich’s Bicentennial Celebration in 1859. Today the house is a bed & breakfast called Lathop Manor.

The Edwin Fitch House (1836)

Monday, December 7th, 2009 Posted in Greek Revival, Houses, Mansfield | 1 Comment »


The Fitch House is a Greek Revival home in Mansfield Center, built in 1836, which is now a bed & breakfast. The house was built by the architect and builder, Col. Edwin Fitch, who was hoping to impress his father-in-law, Dr. Jabez Adams and launch his career. Fitch later designed the Second Congregational Church in Coventry. Bankrupt by 1843, Fitch sold half of the house to Edmund Golding, who bought the entire house in 1848. Golding, who died in 1854, and Lewis D. Brown, who bought the house in 1865, were both Mansfield silk manufacturers. In 1906, the house was acquired by Carrie Amidon Havens, who later married Oliver Perry, a descendant of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. They enlarged the house, adding wings with porches on either side. The property also has two connected English-style historic barns.

Sereno H. Scranton House (1833)

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009 Posted in Greek Revival, Houses, Madison | No Comments »


When Sereno H. Scranton of Madison married Susan Roxanna Doud in 1833, his father, Jonathan Scranton, presented the couple with a new Greek Revival home on the Boston Post Road. Sereno Scranton was a prominent citizen of Madison, who owned many merchant ships and served as a state representative and senator. He was also president of the Shoreline Railroad. Today, the house is the Scranton Seahorse Inn.

Horace Hayden House (1818)

Saturday, August 15th, 2009 Posted in East Haddam, Federal Style, Houses | No Comments »


Near Goodspeed Landing in East Haddam is the house built by Horace Hayden in 1818. Hayden, born in Essex in 1786, was a shipbuilder. According to Paine Family Records, Vol. I (1880), edited by H.D. Paine:

When a young man he was captain of a vessel. In the year 1812, during the war, was wounded by a shot from the enemy, and his vessel burned to the water’s edge, thereby losing all his personal property. He first married Nancy Green, by whom he had three children, Nancy, Nehemiah and Horace. In 1840 he completed a brick store, filled it with goods and placed it in charge of his sons. He was a man beloved by all. The poor always received aid from him, none ever being sent away empty from his door. His funeral was the largest that had ever been attended in East Haddam at that time. He was a member of the Episcopal Church.

The house is now a Bed and Breakfast known as Bishopsgate Inn.