Stanton-Davis Homestead Museum
Robert Stanton House
|Location||Green Haven Rd., Stonington, Connecticut|
|Area||227 acres (92 ha)|
|NRHP reference #||79002648|
|Added to NRHP||June 04, 1979|
The Stanton-Davis Homestead Museum (formerly known as the Robert Stanton House) is a historic house on Green Haven Road in Stonington, Connecticut. It was built by Thomas Stanton, one of the founders of Stonington, beginning in 1670 with additions made in 1700, and is the oldest house in Stonington. The property has been a working farm for over 350 years, most by members of the Davis family. As of 2012, the house was boarded up and the Stanton family society was struggling to raise renovation funds.
Description and history
The Stanton-Davis Homestead is located in southeastern Stonington, at the junction of Green Haven Road with the Osbrook Point Road. The principal feature of the homestead is the main house, a 2-1/2 story timber-framed structure with a gabled roof, central chimney, and shingled exterior. It is distinguished by its overhanging side gables, a sign of its great age, and its eaves, which are longer than typical for houses of the period. The interior follows a typical center chimney plan, with a narrow staircase in the vestibule that features fine carved woodwork posts and balusters thought to originate in England. Interior woodwork also includes fine carved panels, and a builtin cabinet dating to the house's probable enlargement in 1700. The house has never been fitted for a number of modern conveniences, including heating systems beyond its fireplaces.
The oldest portion of the house, its western three bays, were probably built around 1670 by Thomas Stanton. The eastern bays were added around 1700, at which time the upper part of the chimney was rebuilt in brick (and marked with that year). On October 24, 1764, Robert Stanton, great-grandson of Thomas Stanton the Indian interpreter, put up the farm as collateral on a debt. Thomas Fanning of Groton, Connecticut and Ezra L'Hommedieu of Long Island held the note and ended up owning the farm when Stanton could not repay the note by 1765. Not wanting to own a farm, Fanning and L'Hommedieu rented the property to John Davis of Long Island, and he bought the land outright in 1772. The property remained in the Davis family until the late 20th century, when it was passed to a family foundation, which was formed to preserve the homestead as a museum.
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- List of the oldest buildings in Connecticut
- National Register of Historic Places listings in New London County, Connecticut
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- Westerly Sun, July 3, 2007, by Judy Green Fundraising underway to preserve Davis farm