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 original land plot, first owned by the John Pease family, dates back to the Norwich’s founding in 1659. 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 public genealogy society, 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.  A dumpster came to haul off trash. The roof is now tarped to prevent any further rain invasion. The landscapers will mow. Things are moving! 

Every dollar counts. 

Check out our site for updates:

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

Our 501 (c) (3) status is pending, yes-- we can issue you a tax  receipt. 

Thank you!



  • Juliet Strahl 
    • $20 
    • 7 d
  • Holly Kleindienst 
    • $10 
    • 7 d
  • Heather Hofling 
    • $5 
    • 8 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $10 
    • 9 d
  • samuel braun 
    • $10 
    • 9 d
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Fundraising team: Team CFA (3)

Calkins Family Association 
Raised $1,272 from 32 donations
Norwich, CT
Melissa Calkins 
Team member
Raised $700 from 3 donations
Judie Schiel 
Team member
Raised $20 from 1 donation
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