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O. Ellsworth Homestead



Oliver Ellsworth Homestead

(Windsor, Connecticut)

Excerpts from Beth:
Oliver Ellsworth MuseumOliver Ellsworth was a mark on U.S. government and CT resident. A representative in the Continental Congress, contributor to the first draft of the Constitution, senator, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and commissioner to France, Oliver is obviously a source of pride for the town of Windsor where he was born and died.

His homestead is now run by some darling ladies of the local Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) who were entirely more entertaining than the house itself! Since we love historic homes, a quick stop for a home tour sounded like a good plan (and it was only a few dollars donation--great for the budget traveler).

When we entered, we learned that we had just missed the
start of a tour, but the lady at the counter said, "no problem" that we could catch up with them--and then proceeded to chat with us incessantly about where we were from, some history of Oliver Ellsworth and the DAR. She gleefully pointed out (to the wide-eyed Roadchix) a large hutch that they'd had "ripped" out of its original spot and plunked in the gift shop/entryway to showcase some of the "layers" of its construction.

We then hustled through a room (that was never really described to us) to meet up with the tour. Another grandmotherly lady took us through the rest of the house going on and on and on
about knickknacks in each room. . . at one point settling herself down in one of the antique chairs exclaiming that she had *never* done this before, but her knees were just bothering her too much. The Roadchix stifled a horrified giggle and the impact on the poor antique furniture, and the cuteness of this sweet DAR lady.

She continued to lead us through the house and answer
questions from the tour participants. We continued to contain our amazement as she answered questions incorrectly and went on and on and on about a sad-looking (but original!!) chair that was in the parlor.

All in all, the DAR made the tour memorable--we really hope they can get some historic home funding to help preserve some of their artifacts. It's worth a stop by just to meet the locals if you're in the area!


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