William Tully House

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Tully, William, 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
NRHP Reference # 82004340[1]
Added to NRHP March 15, 1982

The William Tully House is a property in Old Saybrook, Connecticut that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

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.[2]

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 the architectural historians to date the house at about 1750, assuming that William Tully built the house soon after receiving the land.[2]

It 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 the release was prevented.[2]:14

It includes Colonial architecture.[1] When listed the property included one contributing building, and one contributing structure.[1]

The listing is for an area of less than 1 acre (0.40 ha).[1]

The listing is described in its NRHP nomination document.[2]