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Review Samuel Watson House

ABOUT

Step back in time and discover the charms of an unspoiled New England village in Connecticut’s Quiet Corner as you stay in the oldest house on historic Thompson Hill. To those interested in antiques, the nearby town of Putnam is a haven for the knowledgeable collector. Many shops attract enthusiasts who are “just looking” as well as serious shoppers. With easy access to vineyards,┬ástate parks, golf, swimming and biking, there is plenty to keep you entertained during your stay. We are conveniently located a half mile off of Route 395 with close proximity to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Marianapolis Prep School, Lord Thompson Manor, Pomfret Prep School & many other local area destinations.

HISTORY

Built in 1767 in the Greek Revival style, the Samuel Watson House is a true New England masterpiece on Thompson Hill, Thompson, CT. The house, which retains much of its original character, is on the National Historic Register and the Historic District of Thompson. In 1754, this site was chosen by Samuel Watson of Leciester, Massachusetts who purchased eight acres on the hilltop from Hezekiah Sabin for 160 pounds. He put up a “small house” for his new bride at once and several years later “proceeded to clear up the hill, cut down the woods, haul off the stumps and make ready for building” his permanent residence. The stone foundation resting on solid rock ledge indicates the forethought and insightful planning of its construction. By 1767, eight years before the revolution, the stately mansion was complete. It was the third house to be built on the hilltop and the oldest remaining structure on Thompson Hill. The overhanging third story supported by four columns forming the broad piazza are typical of southern colonial architecture.

The Watson’s had eight children. The oldest son, Samuel, was accidentally killed on “Training Day”, 1774. Joseph built an elegant mansion in 1796 on the west side of the Common and Noadiah a fine house on the land just north of his father’s home. Both these homes still remain in much their original condition.

Samuel Watson died in 1781 and, upon his wife’s death, the house and farm were sold in 1814 to Squire George Larned. There, in 1825, his daughter, Ellen Douglas Larned was born. She was to become a widely known and respected historian.

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