South Glastonbury Historic District

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South Glastonbury Historic District
The South Glastonbury Library, a former church building
South Glastonbury Historic District is located in Connecticut
South Glastonbury Historic District
South Glastonbury Historic District is located in the US
South Glastonbury Historic District
Location High, Hopewell, Main and Water Sts.; also 999-1417 and 1032-1420 Main St., 6,7 Chestnut Hill Rd., Glastonbury, Connecticut
Coordinates 41°39′59″N 72°36′15″W / 41.66639°N 72.60417°W / 41.66639; -72.60417Coordinates: 41°39′59″N 72°36′15″W / 41.66639°N 72.60417°W / 41.66639; -72.60417
Area 75 acres (30 ha) (1984 size)
Architectural style Greek Revival, Colonial, Queen Anne
NRHP reference # 84000250[1] (original)
09000343 (increase)
Significant dates
Added to NRHP November 23, 1984
Boundary increase September 24, 2009

The South Glastonbury Historic District is a historic district in Glastonbury, Connecticut. It encompasses the historic village center of South Glastonbury, which was first settled in the 17th century. The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984, and enlarged in 2009[1] to include properties further along Main Street as far as Chestnut Hill Road.

Description and history

The river meadows of South Glastonbury were used as farmland by the proprietors of Wethersfield, one of Connecticut's oldest colonial settlements, during the 17th century. By late in that century there was enough permanent settlement that Glastonbury was incorporated as a separate town in 1693. The Rocky Hill–Glastonbury ferry was at the time the only river crossing between the two communities, and High Street, extending east from the ferry, is the oldest road in Glastonbury. South Glastonbury developed as the town's first village, spurred in part by the development of grist and saw mills on Roaring Brook to the east. These were augmented by textile mills and other industry, prompting further growth in the 19th century. By the early 20th century these industries had closed or were in decline.[2]

The village center is a triangle made up of all or part of Main, High, and Water Streets, and includes 83 contributing resources, including the public library, located in a former Methodist Church built in 1828, a c. 1740 house at 120 High Street, and the c. 1878 Carpenter Gothic St. Augustine's Church. The oldest surviving building is the c. 1731 Tryon House at 879 Main Street. One building was previously listed on the National Register: the Welles-Shipman-Ward House, a fine Georgian house built about 1755.[2]

See also


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "NRHP nomination for South Glastonbury Historic District" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-12-19. 
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