In 1935, the Federal Writers’ Project was created as part of the United States Work Progress Administration (WPA) to provide employment. One of these projects in Connecticut was the Architectural Survey, Census of Old Buildings. According to a description provided by the Connecticut State Library, nearly 5,000 buildings were documented and often illustrated with photographs. Included in this collection is the home (built by/for) my 5th great-grandparents Samuel Eggleston (1747-1837) and Dorcas (Loomis) Eggleston (1752-1834). How cool is it to see the house, which still stands, that several generations of the Spencer and Eggleston families lived in!
- Samuel was a farmer and “possessed a character of an old Puritan stamp” (love that description); was a soldier of the Revolution and lived in Bloomfield Connecticut. Served in Capt. Skinner’s company of light horse in the Revolutionary War. (The History of Ancient Windsor, Connecticut, Vol. 2.)
- I previously posted a story about Samuel and his petition to obtain a Revolutionary War pension. You Fought in the American Revolution – Prove It!
Architectural Survey Information
Title: Bloomfield historic building 023
Date [built] (Source): 1780 (marker)
Original Owner: Samuel Eggleston
Present Owner [1935-37]: F. L. Putnam; Julia and Frank Spencer
Julia and Frank Spencer were the son and daughter of John W. and Anna Spencer (my 2nd great grandparents), their other daughter, Alma Spencer, was married to Frank L. Putnam. (Who is sitting in the shadows on the porch?)
Location: Faces south on Park Avenue, corner of School Street.
Description [Material]: Wood
Roof: Peak (rather flat)
Chimney Type/No.of: Brick / end / 3, 1 in ell
Height: Two stories and half (small)
Ell: 2 1/2 story rear ell with brick central chimney.
Fenestration: 9 window front; paired; 6/1 sash.
Condition – Physical: Good
Exterior: Side porch. Rear additions. Clapboarded walls.
Interior: One fireplace. Original front stairs.
The Eggleston House in 2015
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