A Pre-Revolutionary Treasure…loved by generations of the same family for 252 years

It’s the little things that help us make a connection to a home, you may find yours begins with a story…

At the foot of Greenfield Hill sits the Captain Ebenezer Hill house, a timeless and elegant 1765 Pre-Revolutionary Colonial. Captain Hill built this home the year he married Mabel Sherwood. They raised nine children here and their descendants throughout the years have added on, rebuilt and lovingly maintained this special Fairfield treasure.

A classic portico welcomes you into the home through the side entrance, created by the current owners.

It’s a nice surprise to walk into the extra-large Family & Breakfast Room that was added off the Kitchen. Accented with antique wood beams and wall-to-wall windows, the re-milled antique floors enhance the warmth of the room.

The Kitchen is cheerful and spacious with nice natural light, Viking stove, Sub Zero refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher and a large, open walk-in pantry. The window above the sink looks out to the perennial and vegetable gardens where generations of women in the owners’ family have enjoyed cultivating flowers.

A striking balustrade divides the Family room area from the period Formal Dining Room, and leads to the 2nd floor.

In early American homes, most of the cooking was done in huge fireplaces. They could be up to 10 feet wide, with ovens on the side. The Formal Dining Room has one of these authentic gems and it’s the highlight of the room. Current owners replaced the flue and damper system for the five fireplaces in the home.

 

The Formal Living Room has notable space, divided light windows, French doors and original chestnut wood floors on one side. There’s a fireplace with wood mantle, stone hearth, storage closet and carved wood detail on the back wall. You’ll find it’s perfect for both small and large-scale entertaining and in fact, this ‘Long Room’ is just begging for a period dance!

Pass through the original front foyer and you’ll find yourself in the cozy library. Curl up with a good book and your favorite drink in front of the fire and relish sitting in a room that’s been there for 250+ years. Two authentic closets flank the fireplace, one with pegs inside for a  jacket or perhaps a cloak, back in the day. Original chestnut wood floors and carved wood panels on wall behind fireplace add to the charm.

The upstairs landing is impressive, with wood floors, rustic beams and a continuation of the lovely balustrade from downstairs.

The Master suite was added by the current owners when they did the Family/Breakfast Room expansion. It consists of a 950 square foot bedroom with two walk-in closets and large bathroom with separate sink/vanity areas, spacious glass shower and a Jacuzzi bathtub. There’s a convenient laundry chute in the closet.

Four additional bedrooms and two full baths complete the 2nd floor, including two very spacious ones with sizeable fireplaces, period closets, and chestnut wood floors.

There are plenty of closets in the hallway including one convenient for luggage and a set of built-in linen closets that look like they belong out of a scene from Downton Abbey. Walk-up fully insulated attic provides more storage.

The bluestone patio off the back was added in 2014 and provides another special place to unwind and relax or entertain.

Mature trees, charming stone well and walls, several gardens and a 200’ x 100’ electric fence paddock complete this picturesque property.

Other notable additions by the current owners include Central Air, a 5-zone gas boiler and R-Value 49 Fiberglass insulation throughout the attic, a cedar wood shingled roof, copper gutters, a Central Vac and complete monitored security and fire protection system. A 500 sf finished portion of the basement was built when they added the Family/Breakfast room wing. Basement is currently used as a Rec Room and has a 600+ bottle wine room with separate 200+bottle auxiliary storage under the stairwell.

One last fun tidbit…Captain Hill fought with General George Washington at Valley Forge and led his company against British General William Tryon’s forces when Fairfield was invaded and burned in July, 1779. House lore tells of a hidden room upstairs where either occupants or valuables could be hidden quickly, if needed. Imagine the people, history and stories this house has been a part of!

Please contact me for more details or to schedule a showing.

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Pam Foarde, Realtor | licensed in the state of CT | William Raveis Real Estate | Al Filippone Assoc. | 75 Station St Southport, CT 06890 | Page last updated:
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