3 Merrow Road, Mansfield, CT

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3 Merrow Road, Mansfield, CT


Brief Overview

From the 1963 Survey:
"This house, now covered with green shingle siding, is
located just south of the Merrow post office and store on
a long driveway which 1eads off the road that crosses the
river to Coventry. It is between the railroad and Rte. 32.

Several persons have told me that the second floor and attic
are the original one-and-a-half story house The lower
floor and cellar were probably put in in the early 1900's.

In the east end are two attic windows, 9 over 6 panes and
above them in the peak of the gable is one of four small panes.

Altho there is a fireplace in the living-room, on the south­
east side of the house, it definitely is not old. And the
folding, or rather sliding doors between the two parts of
the livingroom are similar to those installed about the turn
of the century.

The front door opens into a large hall with stairs to the
second floor. This is the door to the left end of the
house."

Date/Style

The title history mentions a dwelling house in 1853. The survey suggests the
house was a boarding house in the early 19th century.
Further research is necessary to determine the date and style of this house.

Current information

2010 * Town assessor's office: 3 Merrow Road is a 6 bedroom house on 9.956 acres on the south side of Merrow Road,
west side of Stafford Road, and east side of the railroad.

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 1853.
Also included is a deed and sketch for "The Spring" which fed water to a number of
Merrow Station houses through a complex piping system.

1963 Survey


Clickable Photographs

1963 House Photo 1 1963 House Photo 2 1900s House Photo 1
1963
J.B. Merrow House
Merrow Station
House faces north.
1963
South side of house.
19--?
Merrow Homestead.
Courtesy of
George Merrow.

Clickable Maps

1857 Map

In 1857, William. C. Eaton and H. C. Osborn prepared a wall map of Tolland County. The map shows this house as the Merrow Homestead.

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 J.B. Merrow.

1869 District VI Map
1869 District VI

Additional Material

Variant Names:

District VI House 10, J[oseph] B[attell] Merrow (1869), Merrow Homestead, The Spring at Merrow Station.

Barn:

A barn on this property is included at Historic Barns of Connecticut

Genealogy:

Merrow: Joseph Battell Merrow (1819-1897) was the son of Joseph Makins and Mary (Woodbridge) Merrow of East Hartford CT. He
married Harriet L. Millard (1821-1921). They had five children and were buried in the New Storrs Cemetery.
He was listed in the 1870 census as Joseph Merrow, age 51, with wife Harriet and five children. The census showed he
had $1,000 real estate and $18,000 personal property.
The Illustrated popular biography of Connecticut, publ. 1891,
by John Augustus Spalding (p.328) has the following biography of J.B. Merrow:

J.B. Merrow

Southwick's History of Merrow Station (an 8 MB file) contains many details of Merrow's
life and manufacturing interests.

Further Research Needed:

The two photographs below may be of this house. They are located in the Society's Photograph File under "Merrow"
The first is labeled "Home of Joseph Merrow" and "95.9.2"
The second is labeled "Home of George Merrow" and "95.9.6"

19--? House Photo 2 19--? House Photo 3
19--?
Home of Joseph Merrow
19--?
Home of George Merrow




This file was created: 30 Jan 2010 by George Waller

This file was edited: