District Overview Inventory List District Map

Sherman 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
Link to Commission or Municipal Website:
District Character:
Village Center

Buildings, Cemetery, Brook, Open spaces, Others- Memorial

Architectural Style:

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

18th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century

The Sherman Historic District encompasses the center of the Town of Sherman, a community in northern Fairfield County on Connecticut's western border. The majority of the buildings are houses and their associated outbuildings. Schools, a town hall, a library, a store, and a former church complete the Sherman Historic District. Because of the linear settlement pattern, most of the resources are located along the route of a former turnpike, Route 37, the main street of the town. Several streams run through the Sherman Historic District, including Sawmill Brook, which feeds Lake Candlewood, a man-made reservoir to the southeast of the district. Water-powered industry was located along this brook in the nineteenth century. [NR]

Architecture, Exploration, Social History:The Sherman Historic District is significant as a representative village center that demonstrates the patterns of settlement and socio-economic development common to daughter towns in Fairfield County. An exceptionally cohesive and well-preserved district, it contains domestic and institutional architecture in the Colonial, Federal, Greek Revival, vernacular Victorian, and Colonial Revival styles which illustrate the growth of the community between about 1740 and 1937. Many factors contribute to the cohesiveness and integrity of the Sherman Historic District. Few historic buildings have been lost over time and there is little modern intrusion to detract from the historic setting. Physical changes have had minimal impact. The focal point of the district remains on the knoll. Although the original buildings there were replaced by the present nineteenth-century church and school, the elevated site has retained it original colonial function. A rich variety of vernacular institutional and residential buildings line Sherman's roads, establishing the Sherman Historic District's historic character and tracing its development. The Federal style is the first stylistic influence in the district. [NR]

[1] District information retrieved from the town website http://www.townofshermanct.org/.
[2] Sherman Historic District, Preliminary Report of the Historic District Study Committee, 1981, SHPO Library, Hartford.
[3] Assessors information and Parcel IDs retrieved from NRIS 91000956.
[NR] Cunningham Jan, Sherman Historic District, National Register Nomination Number- 91000956 NRIS, National Park Service, 1991 - http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/NRHP/Text/91000956.pdf; http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/NRHP/Photos/91000956.pdf.

Situated at the junction of State Routes 37 and 39, the Sherman National Register Historic District includes the historic district established by state enabling legislation and contains 64 contributing and non-contributing resources. [NR]

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