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   EAST WINDSOR HILL

    I’ve been meaning to go here for years. The first thing you’ve got to learn to get to this incredible trove of old houses is that it is neither in East Windsor or Windsor, but in South Windsor. None of the homes in the three-block-long Historical District is open to the public. Some sport small, white signs, put up during the Bicentennial in 1976, tell you who built it and in what year.



Aaron Bissel House 1813


Ebeneezer Grant House, 1757. The home of Gen. Ulysses Grant's forbearer is known for its Connecticut River Valley doorway and rich high style detailing.


Nathan-Day House, 1735.
   These days, fronted by the Connecticut River, this pocket of old houses and farms is hemmed in close by development, but not too close. Jonathan Edwards would recognize his childhood neighborhood.  Powerlines and asphalt are the only differences from the street.


James Hooker House. 1772
   John Adams, riding through here in 1771, recorded in his diary, “Today I rode through Paradise.” To say that I liked it, too,considering that I wouldn’t leave for hours despite the rain, would be a ridiculous understatement. If you have a passion for old houses, you simply have to see for yourself. Good luck finding it.

 

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