26 Crystal Lane, Mansfield, CT


26 Crystal Lane, Mansfield, CT

Brief Overview

From the 1963 Survey:
"Shown on 1869 map as owned by S. C. Gardiner [i.e. Gardner]. This property is no longer occupied by the owners. The 'big house' and both smaller houses are occupied by tenants. All three houses need repairs badly.
The property is located on Rte. 32, at the top of a long drive from the highway. It is a beautiful location, and in its heyday, must have been a real showplace. It is now called Crystal Spring Farm."
From the Society's Old Houses Computer Database:
"1498 Stafford Road 1823 ca. ... Tax address also listed as 26 Crystal Lane; 2 smaller houses on the property destroyed after 1966; photographed 1963.
Big house now restored to 4 condos/apts. 1805 date also occurs ... 'Crystal Spring Farm'"


The title history shows buildings on this property as early as 1805. Further research is needed to determine the architectural style.

Current information

* Town assessor's office: 26 Crystal Lane is four units and not associated with any acreage.
* The house is located between Chuck's Steakhouse and Margarita Grill Mexican Cantina (which uses
1498 Stafford Road as its address) and Crystal Spring Condominiums.

Clickable Surveys

1963 Old Houses Survey

In 1963 the Society made a survey of old houses. The form for this house includes architectural data and a title history back to 1805.

1963 Survey

Clickable Photographs

1963 House Photo 1 1963 House Photo 2 1963 House Photo 3
"S.C. Gardiner House, Rte. 32
(Crystal Spring Farm)."
"Houses, one each side of driveway
leading from the big house
to Forest Road."

Clickable Maps

1857 Map

In 1857, William. C. Eaton and H. C. Osborn prepared a wall map of Tolland County. The map shows what may be this house as the property of W. Garner [map not clear].

1857 District VI Map
1857 District VI

1869 Map

In 1869, an atlas of Tolland and Windham counties was compiled by O. W. Gray. The atlas's Mansfield map indicates this house as the property of S.C. Gardner.

1869 District VI Map
1869 District VI

Additional Material

Variant Names:

District VI House 13, Stephen Congdon Gardiner House (1869), Crystal Spring Farm.


The title history identifies Benjamin W., Stephen C., and Maria A. Gardiner as owners at different times. It shows Stephen C. Gardiner buying
land from Benj. W. Gardiner in 1827 [transcription error suspected.]
WorldConnect identifies this family: Stephen Congdon Gardiner was born 4 Oct 1822 in Exeter, RI, died 10 Sep 1920 in N. Kingston, RI son of
George Waite (1785-1847) and Mary (Congdon) Gardiner. He married Marie Antoinette Remly in Oswego, NY.
TheTown Vital Records Index shows that Maria A. Gardner died 18 Mar 1868, that Stephen C. Gardner married 30 Apr 1870 and died the same day [transcription error suspected.]
The 1870 census lists Severn (sp?), age 48, born NJ, and Amy Gardner as having married in Feb 1870.

This file was created: 26 Jan 2010 by George Waller

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