The Comfort Starr House, located at 138 State St., Guilford, Connecticut, is a classic saltbox house with an added leanto. It is presumed that the original house was built between 1645 and 1646. The house derives its name from Comfort Starr who bought the house from the original builder, a Guilford signer (settler), Henry Kingsnorth, in 1694. Comfort Starr's ancestor was an English physician of the same name who left Kent, United Kingdom and settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he was a founder of Harvard College. He is buried in King's Chapel Burying Ground in Boston. A branch of the family settled in Connecticut in the 17th century.
End elevation of Comfort Starr House illustrating the distinctive roof line
The house is still in its primitive state. It is considered, by some, to be the oldest wooden timber frame house still used as a private residence in the U.S. today.