Property Overview Inventory List District Map

Burr Sherwood Cottage

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Year of Establishment:
Property Authority:
Fairfield Historic District Commission
Link to Commission or Municipal Website:
Architectural Style:
19th Century

This is a extremely well preserved, gable-roof, three-bay cottage is difficult to be seen from the road because of the surrounding dense foliage. Rather asymmetrical in plan and fenestration, the clapboard surfaced cottage rests on a fieldstone foundation. It has a small entry flanked by a single square window in the north facing elevation. three-over-three windows light the second story of this clapboard structure. Gabled dormers with six-over-six windows project from the roof. [3]

The cottage is significant as a surviving mid-nineteenth century farmstead, representative of the vernacular agricultural heritage of the community. This was probably built by Burr Sherwood sometime between 1854 an 1858. As a well-preserved and modest reminder of the agrarian heritage of the community, this simple structure deserves special consideration and is meritorious of Historic Property status. [2]

[1] District information retrieved from the town website
[2] Fairfield Historic Properties Study Committee Report, 1999, SHPO Library, Hartford.
[3] 1135 Mill Hill Road, Fairfield, Historic Resources Inventory, Bedford Steven and Lucas Nora, 1988, SHPO Library, Hartford.
Assessors information retrieved from the website

Date of Compilation:
Manjusha Patnaik, CT Trust for Historic Preservation