Rescue a Colonial American Home; circa: 1659

One of the oldest homes in Norwich, Connecticut, this property was slated for the wrecking ball! It dates back to 1659 during British Colonial America times. Together we've saved it. Now let's preserve it. It will be a great research library, education center and museum for public use.

Located in the Bean Hill Historic District of Norwich, Connecticut. This house was a contributing factor when the neighborhood was designated a National Historic District. It's listed individually on the CT Register of Historic Properties.

This original land plot, first owned by the John Pease family, dates back to the Norwich’s founding in 1659 (see map below). The house dates at least to the early 1660's.  Hugh Calkins II (Caulkins) then owned the land and home. Hugh’s second wife was Lois Standish, granddaughter of Captain Myles Standish of the Mayflower. Hugh II and then his son Hugh Calkins and wife Phebe Abell, were quite active in the Separatist religious movement of the day with meetings held at his house. This home pre-dates the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. At least 6 generations of Calkins have lived here. 

This home stands on the original stone foundation with hand-hewed beams & pegs, fireplace, and stone cellar with a dirt floor—a rare find.
The Calkins Family Association (CFA) -- a 501 (c)(3) non-profit public charity, alongside the Norwich Historical Society and Preservation Connecticut, are working together to bring the place back to its original style and make it a public education center staffed by volunteers.

We signed the papers! We need YOUR help!! All donations will be used for acquiring the property and its restoration—starting with the roof on down.  We can write you a tax receipt.
A dumpster came to haul off trash. The roof is now professionally tarped to prevent any further rain invasion. The landscapers mowed, hauled brush, removed a leaning tree. Things are moving! 

We are applying for a grant for roof repair and that requires matching funds. All donations go to restoration. 

Every dollar counts. 

Check out our site for updates:

We are seeking large benefactors on this exciting project. Contact us. 

Thank you!

  • Anonymous 
    • $10 
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  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
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  • Anonymous 
    • $10 
    • 1 mo
  • Tirzah Lassahn 
    • $50 
    • 2 mos
  • Hugh Calkins 
    • $100 
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Fundraising team: Team CFA (3)

Calkins Family Association 
Raised $2,407 from 42 donations
Norwich, CT
Melissa Calkins 
Team member
Raised $800 from 4 donations
Judie Schiel 
Team member
Raised $175 from 5 donations
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