List of the oldest buildings in Connecticut

This article lists the oldest buildings in the state of Connecticut in the United States of America with Wikipedia articles. The dates of construction are based on land tax and probate records, architectural studies, genealogy, and dendrochronology. Buildings on the list should be limited to the First Period of American architecture (before 1725).

Building Image Location Built Notes
Henry Whitfield House Henry-whitfield-house-ct.png Guilford 1639 Oldest surviving stone American Colonial house in New England, museum since 1899.[1]
Feake-Ferris House Feake Ferris House in Greenwich CT Connecticut USA sideview.jpg Greenwich 1645 Private home. Core dates to circa 1645-1689 according to Greenwich Point Conservancy.[2] Dendro survey not publicly released.
Thomas Lee House Thomas Lee House, East Lyme (New London County, Connecticut).jpg East Lyme 1660 Began as a one-room house, museum since 1897.[3]
Deacon John Moore House Deacon John Moore House, Windsor CT.jpg Windsor 1664 Crossing summer beams. Moore was also a woodworker known for using the foliated vine design, which depicts vines and blossoms carved in shallow relief with flat surfaces. NRHP.[4]
Acadian House Acadian House Northwest View HABS 1936.jpg Guilford 1670 Saltbox named after the Acadians who lived there following 1755 deportation from Canada. NRHP.[5][6]
Dr. Philip Turner House
Turner, Dr. Philip, House (New London County, Connecticut).jpg
Norwich 1670 Believed to have been built in 1670, the house was occupied by American Revolutionary War surgeon Philip Turner.
Nehemiah Royce House Nehemiah Royce House front spring 2016.png Wallingford 1672 Saltbox, General George Washington slept here in 1775, once a residence for Choate Rosemary Hall.[7]
John Hollister House JohnHollisterHouseGlastonburyCT.png Glastonbury 1675 Has hewn overhang with supporting corbels.
Leffingwell Inn Thomas Leffingwell Inn, 348 Washington Street, Norwichtown (New London County, Connecticut).jpg Norwich 1675 Important meeting place during the American Revolutionary War.
John Moore House John Moore House, c. 1675 - 390 Broad Street, Windsor, Connecticut - DSC04853.JPG Windsor 1675 located at 390 Broad Street, dates to circa 1675[8]
Elisha Bushnell House OldSaybrookCT ElishaBushnellHouse.jpg Old Saybrook 1678 The Colonial property includes two contributing buildings, the second being termed the "Slave House".
Joshua Hempsted House Joshua Hempstead House, New London.jpg New London 1678 One of the earliest documented houses in Connecticut, now a museum.[9]
Thomas Wheeler House BridgeportCT BlackRockHD JohnWheelerHouse.jpg Fairfield 1680[10] Located in Black Rock, an area with deep colonial maritime history. May date to as early as 1644. 22" wide summer beams.
Deacon John Graves House Deacon John Graves HABS.jpg Madison 1681 Saltbox saved from demolition and fully restored in 1983 by a private foundation, now a museum in Madison.[11]
Ephraim Hawley House Ephraim Hawley house circa 1880.jpg Stratford 1683 Private 1+12-story Cape Cod cottage saltbox in Nichols, hand-riven oak clapboard in situ in lean-to attic.
Ward-Heitman House Ward-Heitmann House West Haven CT.jpg West Haven 1684 Historic House Museum in West Haven. Listed NRHP.
John Randall House JOHN RANDALL HOUSE, NEW LONDON COUNTY.jpg Stonington 1685 Notable for its restoration in the 1930s by early preservationist Norman Isham. NRHP.[12][13]
Samuel Harris House Samuel-Harris-Home-Front-LowRes.jpg Middletown 1686 Leanto added ca. 1710[14]
Loomis Homestead PostcardWindsorCTLoomisHomestead1910.jpg Windsor 1688[15] Part of Loomis Chaffee School, main house dates to 1688, with attached ell dating to some point between 1640 and 1688.[16][17][18]
Elisha Pitkin House GuilfordCT ElishaPitkinHouse1.jpg Guilford 1690 Moved from East Hartford in 1955, interior retains many original 18th-century features.[19]
Jonathan Murray House JMurrayHouse-Madison-CT.jpg Madison 1690 Distinctive roof, listed NRHP.[20]
James Crofut House James Crofut House, Wooster Heights, Danbury, Connecticut.jpg Danbury 1690 Home of Admiral Dickens, Spanish-American War hero.[21]
Meigs-Bishop House MeigsBishopHouse MadisonCT.jpg Guilford 1690 English tea room in Madison.[22]
Putnam Cottage PutnamCottageKnappsTavernGreenwichCT08312008.jpg Greenwich 1690 Also known as Knapp Tavern during the American Revolution.[23]
Bradford-Huntington House Bradford-Huntington House, 16 Huntingtown Lane, Norwichtown (New London County, Connecticut).jpg Norwich 1691 Gambrel home of American Revolutionary War officer Jabez Huntington. Claimed Huntington hosted George Washington here.
John Whittlesey Jr. House JOHN WHITTLESEY JR HOUSE, OLD SAYBROOK.jpg Old Saybrook 1693 Private residence listed on the NRHP.
Ebenezer Grant House Ebenezer Grant House South Windsor CT.jpg South Windsor 1695, 1757-1758 Private residence listed on the NRHP.
Comfort Starr House Comfort Starr House.jpg Guilford 1695 Original oak clapboard in lean-to attic, residence.[24] Dendrochronology in 2014 confirmed a construction date of 1695.[25]
Avery Homestead AveryHomesteadLedyardCT.jpg Ledyard 1696 Begun as a single-story, one-room house and later expanded to a two-story, two-room house by 1726.
General David Humphreys House DavidHumphreysHouse.jpeg Ansonia 1698 Home of the first U.S. Ambassador, now a museum.
Hoyt-Barnum House Hoyt-BarnumHouse.jpg Stamford 1699 Early Cape Cod Cottage, Stamford Historical Society museum.[26]
Stanton-Davis Homestead Museum StantonDavis.JPG Stonington 1700 A working farm for the last 350 years. NRHP.[27][28]
Eells-Stow House Eells-Stow House -- Milford, CT.jpg Milford 1700 Served as a hospital during Revolutionary War, now a museum.[29]
Pond-Weed House OldestHouseInDarienCT9July2007.jpg Darien 1700 Saltbox residence.
Shelley House MadisonCT ShelleyHouse.jpg Madison 1700 Dated to before 1700 by J. Frederick Kelly. Chamfered summer and girts with lambs-tongue stops[30]
Pratt House Pratt House Exterior.jpg Essex 1701 Ell dating to 1701, according to museum site. Main block dates to 1732. NRHP.[31] Historic house museum, owned for 2+12 centuries by a single family.[32]
Abraham Coult House Glastonbury 1706 Saved from demolition and moved in 1972. Listed on NHRP in 2000.[33]
Clark Homestead LebanonCT ClarkHomestead.jpg Lebanon 1708 Lebanon's oldest building. Listed NRHP.[34]
John Glover House NewtownCT JohnGloverHouse.jpg Newtown 1708 Listed NRHP in 2001.[35]
Pelatiah Leete House GuilfordCT PelatiahLeeteHouse.jpg Guilford 1710 Oldest surviving house belonging to Leete family. NRHP.[36]
Raymond-Bradford Homestead Raymond-Bradford Homestead - New London County CT.jpg Montville 1710 Constructed by a woman, Mercy Sands Raymond, in the colonial period. Listed NRHP.[37]
Strong House Strong House.JPG Coventry 1710 Historic house museum listed on the NRHP.[38]
John Tyler House John Tyler House 1 - Branford Connecticut.jpg Branford 1710 Private residence listed on the NRHP.
Buttolph-Williams House Buttolph-Williams House.jpg Wethersfield 1711 Connecticut Landmark museum.[39]
Solomon Goffe House Solomon Goffe House 2007.jpg Meriden 1711 Historic house museum oldest building in Meriden listed NRHP.[40]
Black Horse Tavern (Old Saybrook, Connecticut) BLACK HORSE TAVERN - OLD SAYBROOK.jpg Old Saybrook 1712 Private residence listed on the NRHP.[41][42]
Hyland House Hylandhouse guilfordct.jpg Guilford 1713 Saltbox with framed overhang and flat plaster ceilings, now a museum.[43] Dendrochronology in 2014 confirmed a 1713 construction date.[44]
Keeler Tavern Keeler tavern ridgefield 2006.jpg Ridgefield 1713 Fired upon during the Battle of Ridgefield in 1777. NRHP.[45]
Norton House NORTON HOUSE, BRANFORD, NEW HAVEN COUNTY, CT.jpg Branford 1715 House was built in Madison and moved to Branford in 1940. Listed NRHP in 1988.
Edward Waldo House Edward Waldo House, Scotland, CT.JPG Scotland 1715 Occupied by a single family for over 250 years, now owned by the local historical society.
Pequotsepos Manor Pequotseposmanor-mystic-ct-usa.jpg Mystic 1717 House Museum with paired summer beams. Last house restored by architect J. Frederick Kelly[46]
Stanley-Whitman House Stanley-Whitman House, 37 High Street, Farmington (Hartford County, Connecticut).jpg Farmington 1720 Saltbox with framed overhang style with carved pendants, now a museum.[47]
Kimberly Mansion GlastonburyCT KimberlyMansion.jpg Glastonbury 1720 Home of political activists involved in causes including abolitionism and women's suffrage. NRHP.[48]
Samuel Huntington Birthplace Samuel Huntington Homestead, Scotland, CT 01.jpg Scotland 1723 Saltbox home of a signer of the Declaration of Independence and Governor of Connecticut, now a museum.[49]
Jared Eliot House GuilfordCT JaredEliotHouse.jpg Guilford 1723 A well-preserved example of period residential architecture. NRHP.[50]
Harrison House Swain-Harrison House HABS 1938.jpg Branford 1724 Saltbox with overhang serves as the Branford Historical Society museum.[51]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Historic Houses of Early America, Elsie Lathrop, Kessinger, New York, 2006 page 305 [1]
  2. ^ "Rediscovering the Oldest House in Greenwich". 31 May 2018.
  3. ^ East Lyme Historical Society website retrieved on 2009-05-11
  4. ^ "NRHP nomination for Deacon John Moore House". National Park Service. Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  5. ^ "NRHP nomination for Acadian House". National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-01-19.
  6. ^ Acadians-Guilford Albert Lafreniere website retrieved on 2009-05-13 website [2]
  7. ^ "Wallingford Historical Society website retrieved on 2009-05-11". Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2009-05-11.
  8. ^ Eunice M. Lamb, The John-Simon Mills Line of Windsor and Simsbury, (1968), p. 181
  9. ^ Connecticut Landmarks website retrieved on 2009-05-12 Archived 2008-12-08 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "Wheeler House, Bridgeport". 24 April 2012.
  11. ^ Deacon John Graves Foundation website retrieved on 2009-05-17
  12. ^ "NRHP nomination for John Randall House". National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-01-31.
  13. ^ Historic Buildings of Connecticut website retrieved on 2021-04-16
  14. ^ Connecticut Historical Commission. "Samuel Harris Residence - Connecticut Historic Building".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. ^ Sizer, Theodore; Kelly, J. Frederick (December 1949). "Early Connecticut Meetinghouses". The New England Quarterly. 22 (4): 534. doi:10.2307/361951. ISSN 0028-4866. JSTOR 361951.
  16. ^ "Loomis Homestead (1640)" https://historicbuildingsct.com/loomis-homestead-1640/
  17. ^ Harriet E.B. Loomis, "Oldest Family in America to Hold Ancestral Estate in Perpetual Possession", The Connecticut Magazine: An Illustrated Monthly, (1906), p. 361
  18. ^ Derek Strahan, "Loomis Homestead, Winsor, Connecticut" (February 14, 2018) https://lostnewengland.com/2018/02/loomis-homestead-windsor-connecticut/
  19. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Elisha Pitkin House". National Park Service. Retrieved October 17, 2018. With accompanying five photos from 1978
  20. ^ "NRHP nomination for Jonathan Murray House". National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-01-23.
  21. ^ "Danbury Museum & Historical Society wants to buy oldest house in the City still standing". WLAD.com. Berkshire Broadcasting Corp. August 30, 2021. Retrieved January 19, 2023.
  22. ^ Front Parlour website retrieved on 2009-05-13 Archived 2009-02-07 at the Wayback Machine
  23. ^ Putnam Cottage website retrieved on 2009-05-23
  24. ^ Connecticut: A Guide to its Roads, Lore and People, Federal WPA Project, 1938 page 165 [3]
  25. ^ "Using Tree Rings to Date Historic Guilford Buildings". 19 October 2016.
  26. ^ Stamford Historical Society website retrieved on 2009-05-12
  27. ^ "Stanton-Davis House".
  28. ^ [4] Historic Buildings of Connecticut website retrieved on 2021-04-16
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  30. ^ "National Register form".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  31. ^ "Pratt House Museum". Essex Historical Society | Connecticut. 2015-02-16. Retrieved 2021-04-12.
  32. ^ Gail Gene Nettles (October 30, 1984). "NRHP Inventory-Nomination: Pratt House". National Park Service. and Accompanying 11 photos, exterior and interior, from 1984
  33. ^ "NRHP nomination for Abraham Coult House". National Park Service. Retrieved 2017-04-08.
  34. ^ "NRHP nomination for Clark Homestead". National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-01-21.
  35. ^ Jan Cunningham (October 15, 2000). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: John Glover House". National Park Service. and Accompanying 13 photos, exterior and interior, from 2000
  36. ^ "NRHP nomination for Pelatiah Leete House". National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-01-22.
  37. ^ "NRHP nomination for Raymond-Bradford Homestead". National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-01-31.
  38. ^ Coventry Historical Society website retrieved on 2021-04-15
  39. ^ CT Landmarks website retrieved on 2009-05-11
  40. ^ Simmons, Gil (1 September 2011). "Oldest home in Meriden a time capsule". WTNH.com. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016.
  41. ^ NRHP Inventory-Nomination: Black Horse Tavern
  42. ^ Accompanying 10 photos, exterior and interior, from 1978
  43. ^ Hyland House Museum website retrieved 2009-05-11
  44. ^ "Using Tree Rings to Date Historic Guilford Buildings". 19 October 2016.
  45. ^ David F. Ransom and John Herzan (January 16, 1983). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Ridgefield Center Historic District". National Park Service. and Accompanying 28 photos, exterior and interior, from 1982, 1983, and 1984
  46. ^ "Home". denisonhomestead.org.
  47. ^ "HOME - Stanley Whitman House". stanleywhitman.org. Retrieved 2021-05-02.
  48. ^ Robert C. Post (August 15, 1983). National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Smith Sisters House / Kimberly Mansion (pdf). National Park Service. Smith Sisters House / Kimberly Mansion--Accompanying 3 photos, exterior, from 1973. (1.18 MB)
  49. ^ Samuel Huntington Birthplace website retrieved on 2009-05-11
  50. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Jared Eliot House". National Park Service. Retrieved August 12, 2018. With accompanying pictures
  51. ^ "Branford Historical Society website retrieved 2009-05-11". Archived from the original on 2008-12-24. Retrieved 2009-05-11.