May 2018

Hidden in Plain Sight Suffield’s History in Architecture

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Architectural historian Rachel Carley will present an illustrated talk on Suffield’s rich history in buildings on May 15 at 7 p.m. at the Suffield Senior Center, 145 Bridge St.

Under the auspices of the Town of Suffield, Ms. Carley has recently completed a study of historic resources in the second phase of a town-wide effort to document significant sites. Support for the project came from the State Historic Preservation Office with funds from the Community Investment Act of the State of Connecticut.  Her research, which concentrated primarily on the west side of town, uncovered an important architectural legacy represented by colonial-era farmhouses, tobacco barns, and early 20th-century shopfronts, among many other building types.

The survey includes 201 homes and buildings on Blossom Street, Copper Hill Road,  Forest Road, Halladay Avenue, Hill Street, Mountain Road, North Stone Street, Phelps Road, Ratley Road, Russell Avenue, Sheldon Street, Spruce Street, and Taintor Street.  Ms. Carley’s findings have been compiled in a report for public use, to be filed in the Suffield Town Clerk’s Office.  Her presentation will also include a brief discussion of preservation opportunities.

All are welcome to attend so please come join in for a pictorial tour of part of Suffield’s history.

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