Rev. Joseph and Mary Strong House
circa 1778 30 Huntington Lane Norwich, CT
Please note, this is a private residence and is not open to the public
In 1778, Reverend Joseph Strong became the colleague pastor to the Arnold family’s pastor, Reverend Benjamin Lord, who was 84 years old at this time. Rev. Lord baptized many individuals such as Benedict Arnold and the twenty children of Dinah and Scipio who were enslaved by Rev. Lord. Strong is described as having “great kindness and courtesy.” In 1778, the Marquis de Lafayette arrived in Norwich as part of Gen. Glover’s Irish Brigade. The troops camped on the Green while Lafayette was entertained at General Jedediah Huntington’s house. On the morning of their departure, Rev. Strong was asked to pray with the troops. Strong married Mary Huntington, daughter of General Jabez Huntington, and served as minister of Norwich until 1834. The house is in the Colonial/Georgian style, originally a center hall twin chimney plan, altered in the 19th century.