Acadian House (Guilford, Connecticut)

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Acadian House
Acadian House Northwest View HABS 1936.jpg
Acadian House (Guilford, Connecticut) is located in Connecticut
Acadian House (Guilford, Connecticut)
Acadian House (Guilford, Connecticut) is located in the US
Acadian House (Guilford, Connecticut)
Location Union St., Guilford, Connecticut
Coordinates 41°17′7″N 72°40′47″W / 41.28528°N 72.67972°W / 41.28528; -72.67972Coordinates: 41°17′7″N 72°40′47″W / 41.28528°N 72.67972°W / 41.28528; -72.67972
Area less than one acre
Built ca. 1670 (1670)
Built by Clay, Joseph
Architectural style Saltbox
Part of Guilford Historic Town Center (#76001988)
NRHP reference # 75001928[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP September 05, 1975
Designated CP July 6, 1976
Acadian House Rear View HABS 1936.jpg
Acadian House Living Room HABS 1936.jpg

The Acadian House is a historic house on Union Street in Guilford, Connecticut. Built about 1670, it is one of Connecticut's oldest surviving houses, notable for its occupation by refugee Acadians following their 1755 deportation from Nova Scotia. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.[1]

Description and history[edit]

The Acadian House is located in a residential setting just northeast of the town center of Guilford, on the south side of Union Street near its junction with Market Place. It is a 2-1/2 story timber framed structured, with a gabled roof, large central chimney, and clapboarded exterior. Its main facade, oriented at an angle to the street, is three bays wide, with a central entrance framed with simple moulding and topped by a fourlight transom window. The windows on either side of the entrance are placed asymmetrically. The rear slope of the roof extends to the first floor, giving the house a saltbox shape. The chimney has an unusual T shape, the result of an expansion after the house was built.[2]

The oldest portion of the house was built about 1670 by Joseph Clay. Clay's grandson inherited the property in the 18th century, but vacated the house for a more modern one in 1726. The house has its name because a family of Acadians from Grand Pré[2] were settled in the house following their 1755 deportation from Nova Scotia.[3][4][5]

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