Historic Village of Groton Bank

Groton Bank--Historic House Plaques

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Information on house plaques.

Historic Groton Bank houses and buildings more than 75 years old are eligible for plaques when research determining their first permanent owner (not necessarily the builder) and the year (usually within a 6 year span) that it was built.  The Groton Bank Historical Association's plaques are an oval shape with a silloette  of a Revolutonary War soldier at the top, the name of the original permanent occupant in the middle and the year it was construted below that.  Just the year appears on the plaque if it is determined plus or minus 1 year. Circa, c., is used if the date is generally known plus or minus 3 years.

 

Most Groton Bank houses and other structures are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  They are elegible for plaques desinating that.  Such plaques like the one pictured to the right are available from several commercial sources.

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Researched Houses and Buildings with Plaques or eligible for Plaques

Colonials to Greek Revival

Year Built
Name of Original Occupant
Address
Architectural Style
Comments
1717
Joseph Latham
58 Meridian St
Colonial Cape Cod
Home of Patrick Ward, defender of Ft. Griswold on Sept 6, 1781
c. 1754
Ensign Ebenezer Avery
Fort St on Fort Griswold grounds
Center chimney colonial
Home of Ft. Griswold defender Ens. Ebenezer Avery, used as a "hospital" on Sept 6, 1781 to treat wounded
1781
Parke Avery
137 Thames St
Originally a Cape Cod Colonial modified to Victorian
Avery was a builder of Ft. Griswold and a defender on Sept 6, 1781
1782
Dr. Amos Prentice, "Mother Bailey"
108 Thames St
Center hall colonial
Dr. Prentice tended the wounded at Ft. Griswold on Sept 6, 1781 and was assisted by Anna Warner Bailey, also a heroin of the War of 1812
1787
Capt. Rufus Avery
142 Thames St
Center hall colonial
Rufus Avery was on duty at Fort Griswold the morning of Sept 6, 1781 and the first to sight the British fleet off our coast
1793
Jonathan Leeds
190 Thames St
Combination of Colonial, Greek Revival and Victorian
Rear of the house is Colonial with more modern additions in front
1810
Major Noyes Barber
88 Thames St
Colonial
Barber, a businessman, was a major in the War of 1812 and elected member of Congress from 1821-1835
1842
Deacon William P. Harris
65 Broad St
Greek Revival with Victorian additions
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c. 1843
Charles Cook
55 Broad St
Greek Revival
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1844
Isaac C. Amidon
29 Broad St
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Ship carpenter and delegate to Connecticut Assembly in 1858
1844
Capt. Waterman Z. Buddington
91 Broad St
Greek Revival
Buddington was and early whaling captain
c. 1848
Eli Edgecomb
45 Broad St
Greek Revival
Eli Edgecomb was a house carpenter
1850
Charles L. Fenner
99 Broad St
Greek Revival
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1851
Capt. Ebenezer "Rattler" Morgan
115 Broad St
Federal
This was Capt. Morgans house on Groton Bank before his record setting whaling voyage after which he moved to Monument St. in the 1860s.  The house was build by Groton Bank architect and builder, Elisha Miner
1851
William M. Gray
81 Broad St
Greek Revival
Wm. Gray was a merchant owning a store on the west side of Thames St at the foot of Broad St.
1854
Capt. James Monroe Buddington
149 Monument St
Greek Revival with later Victorian addition
Capt. J. M. Buddington became internationally know for his rescue of the British ship "HMS Resolute" in 1855, from which the President's desk in the Oval Office was later made.  The house was built by Jesse D. Smith, a Groton Bank house builder
In progress--100 more to be added
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This web site is sponsored by the Groton Bank Historical Association, Inc. (GBHA). GBHA’s objective is to research and promote the history of Groton Bank and to maintain the historical architecture and village character of this area listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  To accomplish this GBHA publishes information about Groton Bank and sponsors several historical-educational meetings annually.