Osbornedale Homestead & Museum
The Osbornedale Homestead is a two-story colonial revival house located in Osbornedale State Park, in the Derby Neck section of the city of Derby, Connecticut that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is operated as a museum. It is significant for being the home of Frances Osborne Kellogg, a proponent for equal professional opportunities for women in Connecticut. The architect for the remodeling was Waldo Stewart Kellogg, whom Frances Osborne married.
Osbornedale in 2008
|Location||500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby, Connecticut|
|Area||8 acres (3.2 ha)|
|Architectural style||Greek Revival, Tudor Revival|
|Website||Osborne Homestead Museum|
|NRHP reference #||86001256|
|Added to NRHP||June 13, 1986|
The house was originally built as a farm house in 1840 in the Greek revival style. Little is known about the first occupants. In 1867, Wilbur Osborne, who owned and ran several industries in Derby, Ansonia and Bridgeport, and his wife, Ellen Lucy Davis, moved to the house. The couple ran a dairy farm in the surrounding land. Their sole surviving daughter, Frances, took over after her father's death and became a prominent businesswoman – president of the Union Fabric Co., vice president of Connecticut Clasp, treasurer of the F. Kelly Company, and a founding partner of Steels and Busks, Ltd. Of Leicester, England. She married Waldo Stewart Kellogg in 1919, and he took charge of the dairy, using selective breeding to make the herd "famous throughout New England for quality milk production." Waldo Kellogg enlarged and remodeled the house to its current form between 1919 and 1925.
Waldo Kellogg died in 1928 but Frances stayed in the house until her death in 1956. Just before she died, she deeded her entire 350-acre (140 ha) estate, including Osbornedale, to the State of Connecticut.
The state now operates the house as the Osborne Homestead Museum; the surrounding land comprises Osbornedale State Park.