Fab Real Estate Blog: New Fairfield, CT Historic Houses Go Mobile

New Fairfield, CT Historic Houses Go Mobile

New Fairfield, Connecticut recently transformed two historic houses into mobile homes...

Through the efforts of Preserve New Fairfield and town leaders, along with a generous donation of the homes from a town resident, the historic homes The Parsonage and the Hubbel House recently made their 1/4 mile trips down the road to their new home, at the site of New Fairfield's future Senior Center.

New Fairfield CT Historic Homes Being Moved 

View of the Parsonage being rolled out onto Route 37.  The Hubbel House is further down the road, nearing it's new home.  I don't think either ever quite made the 45 MPH speed limit...

 

The houses were moved on March 4, 2007, after a brief delay caused by the homes' trailers getting stuck in the mud in their original location.  They now sit adjacent to their new foundations, awaiting the final prep work needed for them to be permanently situated.

 Hubbel House New farfield CT

 

 

The Hubbel House is an example of Greek Revival architecture, and is named after its first-known owner, Gideon Hubbel (1761-1838), who was a private in the Connecticut troops during the Revolutionary War.  This house has had several owners and occupants over the years, including its time spent as a gift shop, a book store, an antique store, and even the offices of the Citizen News newspaper.

Here the Hubbel House sits on it's wheels, adjacent to it's new foundation.

 

 

 

 

The Parsonage New Fairfield CT


The Parsonage was built sometime around 1840.  This home had several owners before being sold to the Congregational Church of New Fairfield in 1903 for $1,000.  It was used as the home of the church's pastor until the 1950's, thus becoming known as The Parsonage.  During the first half of the 1900's, the home was also utilized for social and charity events, a woodworking group for boys, the Hobby Club for girls, and also as a teen center in the 1940's and 50's.  The home was sold to the Cassidy family in 1960, who lived there until 2005.  This home is also sometimes referred to as The Cassidy House.

Here The Parsonage rests on its trailer after making the trek along Route 37.

 

 

The two homes will be fitted onto the new permanent foundations and transformed into New Fairfield's first museums, showcasing town history and also that of Candlewood Lake, the largest lake in the state of Connecticut.

The Parsonage and Hubbel Houses, New Fairfield CT

 

 

 

The homes as they sit today, awaiting their final placement onto their new foundations, just across the temporary bridge over the stream behind the future Senior Center.

 

 

 

 

 

The Parsonage New Fairfield CT

 

 

The mud-encrusted wheels of the trailer underneath The Parsonage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don Fabrizio-Garcia
REALTOR
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Connecticut Real Estate and Homes for Sale

Comment balloon 11 commentsDon Fabrizio-Garcia • March 22 2007 05:21PM

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Those are great photos.  A couple of the historic homes in Worthington have been moved.  I think one of the musuems which was a house was moved twice. 
Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 11 years ago
Hi Maureen - This was the first time the town of New Fairfield moved homes.  In the past, homes have been demolished when the new owner did not want them.  It's probably been about a year now that they've been working up to finally getting these homes moved to their new location so they could be preserved rather than lost.
Posted by Don Fabrizio-Garcia, Owner/Broker/Trainer - Fab Real Estate (Fab Real Estate) over 11 years ago
There are a lot of homes in Central Ohio that have been demolished rather than moved too. Some historic, landmark homes.  Loved your New Fairfield, CT Historic Houses Go Mobile title... catchy.
Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 11 years ago

I believe this is the first time the community has gathered together to save historic homes here in town.  While this was happening, a neighboring parcel, with an old home that was a former dairy, came on the market for sale. The town has since purchased that home and property, creating a large parcel just off of the center of town that will house the new senior center, the two historic homes above that will be turned into museums, and the third home just purchased. The future use of that home has yet to be decided, but they're considering a teen center and also town offices.

My little town is growing!

Posted by Don Fabrizio-Garcia, Owner/Broker/Trainer - Fab Real Estate (Fab Real Estate) over 11 years ago

What a great way to move a property.  Nice pictures and post.

Charles Parrish

Posted by Charles Parrish (Auction Brokers & Investors United) over 11 years ago
Hi Charles - This was a fun event for this small town.  The houses were saved from the wrecking ball, and eventually we'll have town museums.
Posted by Don Fabrizio-Garcia, Owner/Broker/Trainer - Fab Real Estate (Fab Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Hi, Charles,

How about joining the Buildings and Architecture group and posting this to that group? It would be an interesting addition. Months ago (before I started posting photos) I blogged about moving a house by barge. Hope to see your posts soon.

 

Sharon 

Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) over 11 years ago

Hi Sharon,

Who is Charles?!!  I posted this to the Buildings Group.  Thanks.

Posted by Don Fabrizio-Garcia, Owner/Broker/Trainer - Fab Real Estate (Fab Real Estate) over 11 years ago
Hi, Don.  Sorry - I was meaning to comment to you, but must have accidentally taken "Charles" from the comments. I do apologize. And thank you for adding this to the Buildings group.
Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) over 11 years ago
Hi Sharon - No apology necessary.  I thought it was funny.
Posted by Don Fabrizio-Garcia, Owner/Broker/Trainer - Fab Real Estate (Fab Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Carolyn - Believe it or not, after all this time, the homes have still not been converted into museums.  In fact, as of today, there is no access to the homes as the bridge over the stream has been removed, and this was the only way to access the homes.  The bridge is supposed to be rebuilt soon, but I have heard nothing of any plans to open the museum.

Visiting the area any time of you can be fun - Winter will bring you snow and ice skating, spring will bring you nice weather, summer allows you to enjoy the lake, and fall is always beautiful with the foliage.

Yes, there are many hotels in Danbury, which is probably your best bet for accommodations.

Posted by Don Fabrizio-Garcia, Owner/Broker/Trainer - Fab Real Estate (Fab Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

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