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Joseph Chittenden House (1766)

Saturday, January 19th, 2013 Posted in Colonial, Guilford, Houses | Comments Off

Joseph Chittenden House (1766)

Built the same year (1766) and similar in style to the David Hull House next door is the Joseph Chittenden House, at 78 Fair Street in Guilford. Born in 1727, Joseph Chittenden was a descendant of William Chittenden, one of the original settlers of the town. He lived in the house until his death in 1793. The house was in his family until 1827.

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Collins-Spencer House (1727)

Friday, January 18th, 2013 Posted in Colonial, Guilford, Houses | Comments Off

77 Fair Street, Guilford

The John Collins-Stephen Spencer House, at 77 Fair Street in Guilford, is a Colonial saltbox house. In 1670, John Collins built an earlier house on the site. The current house was built c. 1727 around the the surviving chimney of the 1670 structure. Stephen Spencer, a blacksmith, had acquired the property in 1726. Deacon Peter Stevens of Saybrook bought it in 1804. Ten years later he sold it to the town of Guilford, which used it as an almshouse. In 1826, when East Guilford became the town of Madison, town property was divided and the almshouse, although located within Guilford, was owned by Madison. This situation lasted until 1832, when Madison sold the house to William H. Stevens.

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Hall-Camp House (1773)

Thursday, January 10th, 2013 Posted in Colonial, Durham, Houses | Comments Off

Hall-Camp House

The Hall-Camp House, on Main Street in Durham, is a Colonial center-chimney saltbox house, built just before the start of the Revolutionary War. It was built on land that Daniel Hall received from the estate his father, Timothy Hall, in 1773. Hall was a leading citizen of Durham who was a delegate to the Convention to adopt the Federal Constitution. He sold the property to Heth Camp in 1783 and it remained in the Camp family until 1900.

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David Hull House (1766)

Friday, December 7th, 2012 Posted in Colonial, Guilford, Houses | Comments Off

The saltbox house at 76 Fair Street in Guilford was built in 1766 by David Hull on land he bought that year from Nathaniel Johnson. In 1791, Hull sold the house to Seth Bishop, who owned it until he built his own house next door in 1796. The Hull House has passed through many owners over the years and at one time had a nineteenth-century porch, since removed.

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Thomas Sanford House (1789)

Thursday, May 10th, 2012 Posted in Federal Style, Houses, Milford | Comments Off

Built c. 1789-1790, the Thomas Sanford House, at 111-113 North Street in Milford, was doubled around 1850 (it’s been called a “double dutch house”). The long front porch was added about 1880.

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Daniel Tuttle House (1792)

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 Posted in Federal Style, Houses, Wolcott | Comments Off

The Daniel Tuttle House is a Federal-style saltbox house built in Wolcott in 1792. The house is located at 4 Kenea Avenue and faces Wolcott Green. Daniel Tuttle worked as a carpenter. Seth Thomas, who would later become a famous clock manufacturer, began his career in Wolcott as an apprentice to Daniel Tuttle. Thomas would eventually build his factory in Plymouth Hollow, which was later renamed Thomaston in his honor. In 1797, Tuttle sold his house to Asoph Hotchkiss and moved to Plymouth. Hotchkiss was one of three men who donated land for what would become the town Green. The house passed through other owners, who oversaw the construction of a stone wall around the property and the landscaping of the grounds with shrubs and flower gardens. In 1964, All Saints’ Episcopal Church was built on the property to the rear of the house, which was serving as the parish rectory. Today, the house is again under private ownership.

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Woodward House (1740)

Monday, September 26th, 2011 Posted in Bethlehem, Colonial, Houses | Comments Off

On the northwest corner of Bethlehem Green is a saltbox house built in 1740 by Samuel Church. In 1797, his daughter Betsy Church married David Bird and the house became known as the Bird Tavern. According to The History of the Descendants of Elder John Strong, of Northampton, Mass. (1871), by Benjamin W. Dwight, their son, Joshua Bird, was “for 30 years a woolen manufacturer at Bethlehem (1820-50), and for 20 years past (1850-70) a farmer there, a deacon in Ihe Cong. Ch. for 25 years (1845-70), a state senator (in 1859).” He also helped fugitive slaves and his house was a stop on the Underground Railroad. The house also served as the town’s post office. James W. Flynn, who purchased the house around 1900, served as postmaster and town clerk in the early twentieth century. Flynn and his wife Mary later shared the house with their foster child, Mary E. Toman. She married Charles Woodward, the son of a local farmer, and the couple inherited the house. It later passed to other owners, but in recent years was restored to become a restaurant called the Woodward House.

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