Thursday, August 6, 2015

THOSE PLACES THURSDAY The House that Darius Peck Built, Norwich, CT

Mary E. Perkin’s book, “Old Houses of the Antient Town of Norwich, 1600-1800” published in 1895 included a paragraph about Darius Peck’s Norwich, Connecticut home. The author wrote:

   “Between 1772, the date of his marriage, and 1781, he builds the house (long known as the Dr. Tracy house), standing on the slope of the hill at the foot of Mediterranean Lane. He also occupied, as a wheelwright, a shop which stood between his own house and the Miner house, and back of the jail.”  [Part 1, page 391]

5th Great Grandfather sold the house and the blacksmith shop in 1781.

After a little internet sleuthing, I discovered Darius’ house was a historic home. The Connecticut State Library has digitized a photograph of 5th Great Grandfather’s home on their website. Its part of their WPA (Works Projects Administration) Architectural Survey Collection gathered between 1935 and 1942.

Darius Peck House, Norwich, Connecticut

Darius Peck House, Norwich, CT
Courtesy of the Connecticut State Library

Miss Jennie Congdon owned the home (1935-37) when the survey was created. Grandfather’s home was a wood house built on a stone foundation. Miss Congdon thought the rear of the house was originally the front.

The house interior was described:

   “Mostly original. The floors slope badly. The north door is battened and opens into a small hall; plain wall cupboard in hall; beaded edge boards in partition. A door either side opens into two rooms. The west room was originally the kitchen and has a large fireplace; paneling in this room is apparently a replacement. Out of this room to the south is a room with splendid raised paneling on fireplace side and good bolection moulding. Wide pine floors throughout.”

Please see the entire survey online at the Connecticut State Library by clicking here for more details about Darius Peck’s home.

The Library is seeking information about the house. 

Norwich, CT readers, can you help?

Note: Mary E. Perkin's book included a photo but it’s not as clear as the Library’s image.

You might also enjoy my earlier posts

My Ancestry
5th Great Grandfather Darius Peck and wife Hannah Warner
4th Great Grandfather Bradford Peck and wife Lydia Barstow
3rd Great Grandfather Bester B. Peck and wife Mary A. Case
2nd Great Grandmother Mary M. Peck and husband Walter S. Wilson
Great Grandfather Jerome W. Wilson and wife Grace Lee Clark
Grandmother Viola L. Wilson and husband Frank L. Doty
My Mother

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