Augustus Post House

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Augustus Post House
Augustus Post House, Hebron CT.jpg
Augustus Post House is located in Connecticut
Augustus Post House
Augustus Post House is located in the US
Augustus Post House
Location 4 Main St., Hebron, Connecticut
Coordinates 41°39′28″N 72°21′56″W / 41.6577°N 72.3656°W / 41.6577; -72.3656Coordinates: 41°39′28″N 72°21′56″W / 41.6577°N 72.3656°W / 41.6577; -72.3656
Area 0.8 acres (0.32 ha)
Built c. 1820 and 1978
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Federal
Part of Hebron Center Historic District (#93000649)
NRHP reference # 82004387[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP June 28, 1982
Designated CP July 30, 1993

The Augustus Post House, also known as Hewitt House, is a historic house at 4 Main Street in Hebron, Connecticut. Built about 1820, it is a prominent local example of Federal period architecture, whose occupants have included prominent local businessmen and one Governor of Connecticut. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.[1]

Description and history[edit]

The Augustus Post House is located in the village of Hebron, at the southeast corner of Main and Church Streets. It faces north toward a surviving segment of Hebron's village green. It is a 2-1/2 story brick house, four bays wide, with a front gable roof and four chimneys. The main facade has windows in each bay, with then main entrance sandwiched between the center two bays. It is flanked by sidelight windows and topped by a semi-elliptical fanlight window. A wood frame ell extends to the building's rear. The interior has retained significant original handiwork despite its adaptation for use as professional offices.[2]

Built c. 1820, it is locally significant as a fine example of vernacular Federal style architecture. The Augustus Post for whom it is named was Capt. Ezekiel Augustus Post (1775-1854) who fought as part of the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia in the war of 1812.[3] Post, a craftsman, was thrice married and had a total of seventeen children, fourteen of whom survived into adulthood and three of whom bore the name Augustus.[4] He was also grandfather to Augustus Post the aviation and automotive pioneer who founded the American Automobile Association.

Capt. Post may have overextended himself in the construction of the house. He sold it in 1824 to the mortgage holder, a local merchant. The house went through a significant number of owners in the 19th century, one of whom was John S. Peters, a businessman who served as Governor of Connecticut 1831-33. From the late 19th century to the 1970s it was owned by the Hewitt family, who operated a nearby general store.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b Bruce Clouette (December 3, 1981). "NRHP Inventory-Nomination: Augustus Post House / Hewitt House". National Park Service. and Accompanying 10 photos, exterior and interior, from 1991, including of a c.1830 painting and a c.1905 postcard
  3. ^ Pearson., Brig. Genl. Gardner W. (1913). Records of the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia called out by the Governor of Massachusetts to Suppress a Threatened Invasion During the War of 1812-1814. Clearfield Company. p. 204.
  4. ^ The New England Historical & Genealogical Register, 1847-2011, Vol. 147. New England Historic Genealogical Society. 1995. p. 61.