Tag Archives: House History

Articles giving historical accounts of old homes, usually local to Derby and Ansonia, Connecticut. Often recovered from old paper archives.

Introducing Historic Home Surveys Online

This month, I’m pleased to announce my first installment of what I hope is a long-term project of some significance: A new online archive of surveys of historic Connecticut homes — mostly 18th century, and mainly of my particular region … Continue reading

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Prindle-Goldstein House

This past May, I’d published a brief history of the Holbrook-Blakeslee House, an old home of Ansonia, Connecticut, that’s closely associated with the Rev. Richard Mansfield House. Now, here’s the story of another well known Ansonia home, likewise with strong Mansfield … 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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Holbrook-Blakeslee House

The Holbrook-Blakeslee House (c. 1712), located at 54 Elm Street in Ansonia, Connecticut, is an interesting old home with a direct connection to the Mansfield House. Built in 1712, the home was acquired by Captain John Holbrook, in 1738. Holbrook … Continue reading

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Another Amazing Mansfield House Old Photo

Here’s yet another old photograph of the Mansfield House, once again provided by my good friend Randal Ritter of the Derby Historical Society. The photo comes from the Bradley Glass Slide collection, a set of over 400 antique photographic slides … Continue reading

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