Category Archives: Mansfield House

Articles on the Reverend Dr. Richard Mansfield House (c. 1700), Ansonia, Connecticut. House and family history; ongoing preservation efforts.

Mansfield Bible and Artifacts

In my previous article, Prindle-Goldstein House, I’d cited an account by local historian Mabel P. Stivers of how Dr. Frederick C. Goldstein had donated a Bible once owned by Rev. Richard Mansfield, to the Mansfield House collection. This past Saturday, … Continue reading

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Mansfield House South Garret

Every home needs a serviceable office, task area, or study, in my opinion. So I’ve chosen the south garret as the office of the Mansfield House. Why is that? Well, after all, it’s a small utility room; not really all … Continue reading

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Christine of the Mansfield House

This photo appears in A History of Ansonia: Bicentennial-1976, a remarkable booklet detailing the early-to-present day (1976) history of Ansonia, Connecticut, which had been published in commemoration of the city’s bicentennial: I have no idea who Christine Ryan was, but … Continue reading

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Mary of the Mansfield House

In a previous article, I wrote about Mabel P. Stivers, and her success in saving the Mansfield House from imminent destruction. Now, here’s a very short account of another woman who had been connected with the Mansfield House, but who’s … Continue reading

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Mabel P. Stivers’ Resurrection of the Mansfield House

The Reverend Richard Mansfield House would not have survived to the present day, had it not been for the efforts of Mabel P. Stivers, a local historian and preservationist from Ansonia, Connecticut. When Saint Joseph Parish purchased the Mansfield property in … Continue reading

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Irises Blooming

We have a patch of irises in front of the Mansfield House, just above the north rubble wall. Only a few weeks ago, I was cleaning it out of debris. The other day, the iris buds were still closed, but … Continue reading

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Birds and Bees, Living Together

The past few weeks featured a good deal of typical New England early spring weather — mostly cool and rainy, and for prolonged periods. But today was quite sunny and warm, with a bit of a blustery breeze to cool … Continue reading

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Crushing Stones of the Treaty Tree

Old homes are sources of all kinds of strange and unexpected artifacts from the past, and the Mansfield House is certainly no exception. Here, there are a number of fairly good sized stones lying about, in several of the second … Continue reading

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Mansfield House WPA Architectural Survey

Some of you might be old enough, or sufficiently well versed in American history, to recall the Works Progress Administration (or, WPA). The WPA was a New Deal agency enacted in 1935 to provide jobs for unemployed (often unskilled) workers … Continue reading

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Humane De-squirrel-fication at the Mansfield House

There are only two kinds of homes: Those that have squirrels, and those that will get them. Okay. I’m sort of joking here. But a good many old (and new) homes are prone to invasion by critters. Sometimes, it’s the … Continue reading

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