Enoch Kelsey House

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Enoch Kelsey House
EnochKelseyHouseNewingtonCT.jpg
Location 1702 Main St.
Newington, Connecticut
Built 1799
NRHP Reference # 82004437
Added to NRHP June 28, 1982

The Enoch Kelsey House is a historic house museum at 1702 Main Street in Newington, Connecticut.

Description and history[edit]

The house was built by Enoch Kelsey and his son, David Kelsey, probably c. 1799. Enoch was a farmer and tinsmith. Enoch was born August 12, 1717 in Wethersfield, Connecticut. [1] He married Mary Bidwell, and together they had twelve children. David was his second, born in 1760. The house was originally located on the western end of Kelsey Street, across from Christian Lane. The home features rare, freehand painted wall decorations, basement to attic paneling, a beehive oven and fireplaces.[1]

In 1979 the house was scheduled for demolition, and the Newington Historical Society gained permission to first go inside and inspect some of the artwork that was rumored to be inside. When the volunteers entered the house and found the artwork, they began fundraising in order to perform the renovations needed to make the building into a museum.[2] The house was moved to its current location at the intersection of Main Street and Copper Beech Road. It is now a historic house museum run by the Newington Historical Society. It is open to the public May–September on the first Sunday of every month.

The home of Enoch's brother Ezekiel Kelsey is also a historic home in Berlin, Connecticut.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Museums". Newington Historical Society. Retrieved 2014-12-15. 

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Coordinates: 41°41′07″N 72°43′19″W / 41.6852°N 72.7219°W / 41.6852; -72.7219