Captain David Judson House
Capt. David Judson House
|Location||967 Academy Hill, Stratford, Connecticut|
|NRHP Reference #||
|Added to NRHP||March 20, 1973|
Captain David Judson House was built by David Judson, a resident of Stratford, Connecticut, in 1723. The new house was built on the stone foundation and incorporates the chimney of the original house built on the site in 1639 by Judson's great grandfather William. William left the house to his son Joseph Judson in November 1660 when he removed to New Haven. Nine generations of Judson's lived in the house until 1888.
The first floor, now the cellar, is above ground level and contains a massive central stone chimney which was built with lug poles. It is believed that the cellar was used as slave quarters during the early 18th century. The new house, built circa 1723, is designed in the style of early Georgian architecture, or colonial Georgian, found throughout the American colonies during this time. The furnishings are entirely period pieces of Stratford origin, dating from the 18th century and includes a piano which belonged to William Samuel Johnson, framer of the United States Constitution, and also the second president of Columbia University. The piano has been on display at George Washington's plantation Mount Vernon. The house also has various other works of historical and artistic significance, displayed for the public. The Judson House broken scroll pediment entry is one of the finest in Connecticut. An architectural drawing was used on the cover of J. Frederick Kelly's Early Domestic Architecture of Connecticut published in 1924.
Captain David Judson House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 20, 1973. It is also included in the Stratford Center Historic District, which was listed on the NRHP in 1978.
The house is open to the public and is operated as a historic house museum and research library by the Stratford Historical Society, and is located at 967 Academy Hill in Stratford.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23.
- A History of the Old Town of Stratford and the City of Bridgeport, Connecticut, Reverend Samuel Orcutt, Fairfield Historical Society, 1886, Vol. I, page 89 
- WPA Architectural Survey Connecticut State Library
- History of Stratford Connecticut 1639-1969, Wm. Howard Wilcoxson, Stratford Tercentenary Commission, Stratford, Connecticut, 1939, p. 734
- USGenWeb website retrieved on 2009-08-04
- Orcutt, Vol. I, page 109
- HMDB website retrieved 2011-04-05
- Early Domestic Architecture of Connecticut, J. Frederick Kelly, 1924, cover