William Tully House

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William Tully House
William Tully House is located in Connecticut
William Tully House
Location 135 N. Cove Rd., Old Saybrook, Connecticut
Coordinates 41°17′21″N 72°21′26″W / 41.28917°N 72.35722°W / 41.28917; -72.35722Coordinates: 41°17′21″N 72°21′26″W / 41.28917°N 72.35722°W / 41.28917; -72.35722
Area less than 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built c.1750
Architect Tully,William
Architectural style Colonial
Governing body Private
Part of North Cove Historic District (#94000766)
NRHP Reference # 82004340[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP March 15, 1982
Designated CP July 22, 1994

The William Tully House, also known as Hartsease or Heartsease, is a historic house at 135 North Cove Road in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. The house has also been associated with the name Heartsease. There is no documentation why this name came about, but it could be in relation to the flower Viola tricolor (also known as heartsease) once growing in the yard. It could also be related to its use as a summer house for working girls. The house is a 2-1/2 story wood frame structure, four bays wide, with a central chimney and centered doorway. It was built circa 1750. The exact construction date is not documented, but William Tully's father divided his land holdings in 1745. This event, and the 1779 American Revolutionary War incident described below, guided architectural historians to date the house at about 1750, assuming that William Tully built the house soon after receiving the land.[2]

The house was the site of a small incident on August 8, 1779, in which Tories from Middletown sought release of some of their own goods to sell to the British, but two were killed and they retreated. The house was later owned by Dr. William Tully (the fourth with that name), described as one of Connecticut's leading scientific doctors of the first half of the 19th century.[2]

The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.[1]

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