Austin F. Williams Carriagehouse and House

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Austin F. Williams Carriagehouse and House
Austin F. Williams Carriagehouse and House, August 31, 2008.jpg
Austin F. Williams Carriagehouse and House is located in Connecticut
Austin F. Williams Carriagehouse and House
Location 127 Main St., Farmington, Connecticut
Coordinates 41°43′21.5″N 72°49′40.7″W / 41.722639°N 72.827972°W / 41.722639; -72.827972Coordinates: 41°43′21.5″N 72°49′40.7″W / 41.722639°N 72.827972°W / 41.722639; -72.827972
Built 1842[1]:4
Architect Chauncy Wells and Cephas Skinner
Architectural style Greek Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 98001190
Significant dates
Added to NRHP August 5, 1998[2]
Designated NHL August 6, 1998[3]

Austin F. Williams Carriagehouse and House in Farmington, Connecticut is a historic site notable for serving as living quarters for the Amistad Africans and as a "station" on the Underground Railroad.

Austin Williams (1805–1885) and his wife Jennet Cowles Williams were abolitionists.[1] Their property first became important in the Amistad case. When the Mende men who had participated in the revolt on the slave ship La Amistad were released from prison in 1841, they stayed here before their return to Africa. Austin Williams was friends with Lewis Tappan who was assisting the Africans. A dormitory was erected for the men; it is now part of the carriage house.[3] The men did agricultural work during this period. In 1842, the Williams's built their Greek revival house. The cellar of the carriage house served as a hiding place for escaping slaves as a part of the Underground Railroad.[1]

The site was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1998.[1][3] It is located at 127 Main Street in Farmington and may possibly be included in the Farmington Historic District. The house is a private residence and is not open to the public.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Cunningham, Jan (September 15, 1996). "National Historic Landmark Nomination: Austin F. Williams Carriagehouse and House PDF (342 KB)". National Park Service.  and Accompanying 10 photos, exterior and interior, from 1996 and undated PDF (3.49 MB)
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  3. ^ a b c "Austin F. Williams Carriagehouse and House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Archived from the original on 12 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-27. 

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