District Overview Inventory List District Map

Colebrook Center Historic District

LHD boundaries as described are approximate and subject to change. Consult the LHD Study Report on file with the relevant local district commission or municipal authority to verify district boundaries and whether a specific property, particularly one in proximity of a boundary line, is within the district. Also note that LHD boundaries may differ from those of State or National Register Districts.

Year of Establishment:
District Authority:
Historic District Commission, Colebrook
Link to Commission or Municipal Website:
District Character:
Town Center/ Green

Buildings, Town Green, Cemetery, Vacant lots

Architectural Style:

Colonial, Early Republic/ Federal, Mid-19th Century/ Greek Revival

18th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century (Period of significance: 1767 - c. 1920)

The Colebrook Center Historic District encompasses the main village of the Town of Colebrook, which is located in northwestern Connecticut. Situated in a small valley surrounded by wooded hills, it consists of an isolated cluster of historic residential, commercial, and institutional buildings and sites dating from 1767 to about 1920. Except for the intrusion of paved roads and automobiles, the center has changed very little since the mid-nineteenth century. From the south the Greek Revival style Colebrook Congregational Church dominates the historic townscape, overlooking a small Town Green, a colonnaded general store, and large white houses, many with white picket fences and period outbuildings. Even the Town Hall is located in an early nineteenth-century building, the Colebrook Inn, also the home of the Colebrook Historical Society; the fire department is next door in a former outbuilding. [NR]

Architecture:A superior example of an isolated rural village in the Litchfield hills which flourished in the first half of the nineteenth century, the Colebrook Center Historic District is distinguished for the exceptional integrity of its setting and the state of preservation of its resources. It is architecturally significant for the excellent design and craftsmanship of its classical architecture of the Federal and Greek Revival styles, a period authenticity which is reinforced by the group of less formal vernacular houses in the eastern part of the district. The Colebrook Center Historic District appears today as an idealized early-nineteenth century Connecticut hill town. Rarely does a district convey such a sense of time and place or have such a limited degree of modern intrusion. Revealed to its fullest extant in winter and enhanced by snow cover, the picturesque townscape proclaims its period associations. [NR]

[1] District information retrieved from the town website http://www.townofcolebrook.org/.
[2] Colebrook Historic Study Committee Report, 1962, SHPO Library, Hartford.
[3] List of properties, name, district map, assessors information and Parcel IDs obtained from the National Register nomination.
[NR] Cunningham Jan, Colebrook Center Historic District, National Register Nomination Number- 91000953 NRIS, National Park Service, 1991 - http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/NRHP/Text/91000953.pdf; http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/NRHP/Photos/91000953.pdf.

The Colebrook Center National Register Historic District expands upon the exiting historic district, established pursuant to state enabling legislation, to contain 63 contributing and non-contributing resources. [NR]

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