Oliver Wolcott House

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Oliver Wolcott House
A white wooden house with no shutters, roof, and central chimney, and trees around
House in 2010
Oliver Wolcott House is located in Connecticut
Oliver Wolcott House
Location Litchfield, CT
Coordinates 41°44′36″N 73°11′16″W / 41.74333°N 73.18778°W / 41.74333; -73.18778Coordinates: 41°44′36″N 73°11′16″W / 41.74333°N 73.18778°W / 41.74333; -73.18778
Built 1753
Architect Oliver Wolcott
Architectural style Federal
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 71001011
Significant dates
Added to NRHP November 11, 1971[1]
Designated NHL November 11, 1971[2]

The Oliver Wolcott House is a historic colonial home in Litchfield, Connecticut. Built in 1753 by Oliver Wolcott Sr., a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation, it is the oldest house in the borough.[3]

It was the home of the Wolcott family which furnished three generations of Connecticut governors: Roger Wolcott, his son Oliver Wolcott Sr., his grandson Oliver Wolcott Jr.. Roger Wolcott's son-in-law by his daughter Ursula, Matthew Griswold, also served as a Connecticut governor.[3]

Many distinguished guests visited the Wolcott House, including Lafayette and George Washington, who stayed there in 1780 during his first visit to Litchfield.[3]

House from side-front

This house was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1971.[2][4] It is located on South Street, nearly opposite to Wolcott Avenue. The house is not open to the public.[5]

It is a contributing building in the Litchfield Historic District.

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Oliver Wolcott House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2007-10-03. 
  3. ^ a b c Some Historic Sites of Litchfield Connecticut. Westminster, MD: Heritage Books, Inc. 1933 (rep. 2005). pp. 10–11. ISBN 0-7884-3030-0. 
  4. ^ Charles W. Snell (June 21, 1971). National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Oliver Wolcott House PDF (185 KB). National Park Service. . Accompanying 4 photos, exterior, from 1968 and 1971. PDF (1.42 MB)
  5. ^ http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/declaration/site5.htm Wolcott House, National Park Service