circa 1660 16 Huntington Lane Norwich, CT
Please note, this is a private residence and is not open to the public
This house was built on John Bradford’s home lot in 1660 and is one of the oldest surviving houses in Norwich. John Bradford’s father was William Bradford, Pilgrim Governor of Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts. Later, the property was owned by Jabez Huntington, who was a wealthy merchant and presided over the lower house of the Colonial Assembly as Speaker.
During the American Revolution, Huntington was appointed Major General of the State Forces during the Revolutionary War and corresponded with General Washington, Marquis de Lafayette, and Governor Trumbull. George Washington spent the night in the house on April 8, 1775. General Jabez Huntington retired in 1779 due to his deteriorating health and died in 1786. The house began as one room but was added on to several times. Jabez Huntington added the gambrel roof, central stone chimney, attic overhang, and pediments over the end windows making the house more Georgian in style.
It is believed that Boston Trowtrow, a Black Governor from Norwich, was enslaved by Jabez Huntington. You can learn more about Boston Trowtrow by exploring the Freedom Trail Stop 16.
The house originally had one room, but was added on. Jabez added the gambrel roof, central stone chimney, attic overhang, and pediments over the end windows making the house more Georgian in style.
Colonel Joshua Huntington House
Colonel Joshua Huntington was the third son of General Jabez Huntington and volunteered for the army upon learning of the Battle of Lexington. Huntington served during the siege of Boston, and the 1776 campaigns of New York and New Jersey. Later, he was an agent of Wadsworth and Carter assisting in supplying the French Army in Newport Rhode Island with provisions. By the end of the war, Joshua earned the rank of a colonel. In 1789, he was appointed county sheriff, an office he held until his death in 1821. His home is constructed in the Georgian style.