Parker House (Old Saybrook, Connecticut)
|Nearest city||Old Saybrook, Connecticut|
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|Added to NRHP||November 29, 1978|
The Parker House is a historic house at 680 Middlesex Turnpike in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. It is a roughly square 1-1/2 story wood frame structure with a gambrel roof, built in 1679 by Deacon William Parker. It is believed to be one of the oldest houses in the state, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
William Parker was not a founder of the First Church of Christ Congregational in Old Saybrook, but became its Deacon in 1670. He represented the town at seven sessions of the general court. The town voted to grant him five acres of land for his services. He died in 1725 at the age of 81.
William Parker,II, the son of William Parker and Margery Parker, was born in Hartford, Ct. n 1645. He married Lydia Brown on Sept. 7, 1676, and they had two children, William III, born Jan 15, 1673, and Lydia born Feb. 13, 1690. William "was Sergeant in the Train-band as early as 1672 and in 1678-79 the town voted him five acres of land for services "out of the town" in the Indian wars.... He was a lay member of the Saybrook Synod of 1708 that framed the "Saybrook Platform" for the churches of Connecticut. Both he and his wife Lydia were buried in the old cemetery at Saybrook, and the following inscriptions can easily be read on their tombstone: "Here lyeth the Body of Deacon William Parker, who dec(d) Aug. 20, 1725, aged 81 years."
- List of the oldest buildings in Connecticut
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Middlesex County, Connecticut
- National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- "NRHP nomination for Parker House" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-11-26.
- 1646-1896 The First Church of Christ Historical Review and Addresses, Old Saybrook, Middletown, CT 1896 
- “Parker-Pond-Peck, by Rev. Edwin Pond Parker, D.D. Hartford, Conn. 1636-1892. (Hartford, Conn., Press of the Case, Lockwood, and Brainard Company, 1892), pp. 7, 8, 9
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