Upcoming House Tour Celebrates Trumbull Architecture

The houses of Trumbull have stories to tell. The Historical Society will be hosting its first Holiday House Tour December 8th.

When driving around Trumbull, (when we aren’t experiencing high winds or strange fall blizzards) have you ever noticed those plaques on antique homes? They usually include a year and a date, serving as a small glimpse into the history of the home. Trumbull is lucky to still have a number of antique homes, many of which have been lovingly restored by their owners. 

My father is an architect who specializes in the restoration of historic homes. Ever since I was little I have loved going on house tours and in old house museums. Whenever he was invited to view a historic home, he would always ask me to be his guest. The other architects on the tour probably would wonder why I was there. Either my Dad forced me to spend the day with him or I was the youngest architect in the AIA.

If you are like me, there must be a house or two in Trumbull you are just dying to go explore. Perhaps you have favorites around town. Since I began working at the Historical Society, I have started digging into the history behind some of our most beautiful houses and more importantly the people who lived in them.

We can learn about the lives of the residents who lived in these houses through diaries and letters. These houses experienced celebrations, joy, hardship and loss.  The memoirs of Francis Walker Coe who lived in a saltbox on Main St in the mid 1800’s was given to the currents owners. Her memories give us a clue as to what it was like to live in Trumbull during the Civil War, “I remember the excitement when the Civil War was going on-the boys going to war and how anxious everyone was for news. The rejoicing when peace was declared and the mourning when Lincoln was assassinated. “

I think we can all agree that it has been a difficult few weeks. I was glad to hear about so many neighbors trying to help one another while residents lived without power, gas, or heat. We are lucky now to have many ways to communicate and find out if our loved ones are safe. Families didn’t have that advantage during the Civil War, but I’d like to think that they got through the wars and other disasters in much the same way, by pulling together and taking care of their neighbors.  

It is because of stories and houses like the one Francis Walker Coe had to tell that the Historical Society is having its first annual Holiday House Tour on December 8th. We will be featuring 7 unique locations that showcase Trumbull’s beautiful and diverse architecture.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 the day of the tour. For more information visit our website, www.Trumbullhistory.org. Tickets are available at Past and Presents Shop, the Town Clerks Office, Cityline Florist or by calling or emailing the Trumbull Historical Society.

Proceeds from the tour will help your Historical Society care for and maintain our own wonderful house and museum, so that we can continue to tell the stories of Trumbull and the families who have lived here. 

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Historical Society November 08, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Download the mail-in advance ticket order form from this blog post. I have posted it as a PDF
Pam Georgas November 08, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Alicia This sounds like a great event. My parents restored a 1710 salt box, which my 4 sisters and I grew up in. Although i was very young, I remember during the restoration, finding all kinds of artifacts from coins, to arrowheads. (The house had not been lived in for many years) I now live in a 1895 Victorian in Trumbull, we stumble on artifacts from the past as well. In our attic every family that lived there has signed their name on the brick chimney! We also found old Christmas cards, and ceramic liqueur bottles buried in a wall. When we purchased the house we were told by the previous owners that they had heard 'ghosts' in the house (I guess by law they were required to disclose this?) It gave my husband pause, but we purchased it anyway.) Although we haven't seen any 'ghosts., there have been a number of times where I woken up in the middle of the night to the strong smell of fresh baking bread. It would be so strong that I would have to go down stairs to make sure the oven was not on. So if there are ghosts, all they have done is share our oven to bake bread in the middle of the night!
Historical Society November 08, 2012 at 03:55 PM
This is exactly the kind of story that I wanted people to share on this post! I would be fine with ghosts if they baked bread and made me breakfast. Very cool that the house has yielded so many interesting artifacts and clues, especially those Christmas cards. How neat!
Pam Georgas November 08, 2012 at 05:54 PM
alicia Is the Queen Anne victorian on Main st in the sketch, the pale green one near the parkway? that is one of my favorite houses in Trumbull.
Mabel Buttress November 08, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Sounds wonderful Pam!!! Paul and I wanted an old house but had no luck... the baking bread smell is so cool.....
Historical Society November 08, 2012 at 05:55 PM
It is a white Victorian near St. George's Church and has been recently restored by the current owners.
Pam Georgas November 08, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Oh, yes, I know the owners!
Anne Needleman November 08, 2012 at 11:43 PM
We lived in an old house in Trumbull on Huntington Tpke. I loved it. I'd always thought it was a little haunted based on some "activity". A few years later we lived in an old house in Lexington, MA. That house was not haunted and I was never afraid to go in the basement or attic as I was with the Huntington Tpke. house. I was in the attic there twice in 9 years. Too creepy! I swear I will never buy an old house again, as much as I love them, because they are too difficult to sell (to people who don't understand old houses) :)


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