Tuesday, August 21, 2012
John Osborn house, Westport, Connecticut
http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/list/175_sal1.html, the John Osborn house and the Benjamin Sturges house. They are both what's known as a "saltbox" house because of the slooping roof. The Osborn house was built in 1674 or 1673. My original male ancestor fought in the Pequot War and was awarded 80 acres of land for his service and this house apparently sits on part of that 80 acres. Originally most authorities pegged it 1783, but recent findings have pushed it back to around 1673. It is still lived in by a family, leaving our family in the 1960's. My father used to talk about the old Osborn house, but I've never seen it. This was in my direct male line. My father's family settled in Connecticut in the 1600's and he was actually the first to come "out West" when he left to join the Army in WWII. The Sturges family married into my Osborn line, so I need to research that house as well. Here are some pics I've saved of the Osborn house. It is now on the National Registry of Historic Houses .I'm going to have to find photos of the interior, especially the cooking hearth, but I'll have to post those tomorrow!