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An Exploration of the Oldest Surviving Buildings and Houses in Connecticut

Connecticut is one of the oldest places in the United States where colonists have settled just a few hundred years after Columbus’ discovery of North America. It’s known for expert building restoration projects.  The churches built here as well as many of the other buildings in the area include some of the oldest constructions known in modern US history, and they were built at a time when the founding of the United States of America was still almost 150 years away.


Probably the oldest surviving stone building in the state of Connecticut is an American Colonial house that has been in the New England Museum since 1899. This house was built in the same year as when construction started for the Stratford Historical Society museum – 1639.


Construction for the Loomis Homestead began just a year later, in 1640; while the Thomas Wheeler House and the Comfort Starr House came shortly afterwards, in 1644 and 1645. Although most of the oldest surviving houses and buildings in Connecticut are made of stone, there are rare exceptions, and the Loomis Homestead is one of them. It is, in fact, the oldest wooden house in the state.


Many of these buildings have been renovated and redesigned throughout the years. The best example is the Stratford Historical Society museum, which received a makeover as early as the 1700s, with many Georgian modifications that still stand today.