Jonathan Root House

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Jonathan Root House
Jonathan Root House Front.jpg
Jonathan Root House is located in Connecticut
Jonathan Root House
Jonathan Root House is located in the US
Jonathan Root House
Location 140--142 N. Main St., Southington, Connecticut
Coordinates 41°36′16″N 72°52′43″W / 41.60444°N 72.87861°W / 41.60444; -72.87861Coordinates: 41°36′16″N 72°52′43″W / 41.60444°N 72.87861°W / 41.60444; -72.87861
Area 0.5 acres (0.20 ha)
Built 1720
Architectural style Colonial, New England Colonial
MPS Colonial Houses of Southington TR
NRHP Reference # 88003113[1]
Added to NRHP January 19, 1989

The Jonathan Root House is a historic house at 140-142 North Main Street in Southington, Connecticut. It is a 2-1/2 story wood frame structure, five bays wide, with a large central chimney and a center entrance. The entrance is flanked by sidelight windows and topped by a gabled entablature.[1] It was the residence of Jonathan Root, one of the early settlers of the area. The town was first settled in the late 17th century. The area was first known as Panthorne then became known as South Farmington and finally, as Southington. The area was formally incorporated as a town in 1779. At the very first town meeting, held November 11, 1779, the residents chose Root as one of the five first selectmen.[2]:370 At that same meeting, Root, along with Josiah Cowles, were appointed to a committee to "provide for the families of officers and soldiers in the field."[2]:378

Jonathan Root House from rear of building

In 1774, Root was appointed to a committee to deliver provisions to Boston, in response to the British blockade of Boston harbor.[2]:180

The Root House was a dwelling, but it also served as a tavern.[3] The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "NRHP nomination for Jonathan Root House" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b c J. Hammond Trumbull (2009). The Memorial History of Hartford County Connecticut 1633-1884. BiblioBazaar, LLC. ISBN 978-1-115-33123-4. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Southington Center Historic District". The Gombach Group. Retrieved 9 October 2010.