For sale are five unused postcards (measuring 7 inches by 5 and 1/2 inches) of various scenes of the historic Buttolph - Williams House (built in 1692 as stated on the postcards) in Wethersfield, Connecticut. Also included in this listing is a booklet entitled "The Buttolph-Williams House and its Restoration"; "The story of this ancient house in Wethersfield has been prepared by Delphina Clark of Suffield, Recording Secretary of the Society, and Frederic Palmer of East Haddam. Chairman of the Structures Committee" published in 1956 by The Antiquarian and Landmarks Society of Connecticut, Inc. The pamphlet is 24 pages, has many black and white photographs and measures approximately 9 inches by 6 inches.
The color photos on all of the five unused postcards were photographed by Louis H. Frohman, Bronxville, NY. The postcards are marked "Antiquarian & Landmarks Society, Inc. of Connecticut" and have the Society's seal. The postcards show the exterior front view of the house, The Great Hall or Parlour, Ye Greate Kitchin, The Greate Hall Chamber and the Kitchin Chamber. There is some very light spotting on a couple of the postcards and minor wear at some of the corners; generally they are in very good condition. I believe they have been kept inside the front cover of the booklet for decades.
The booklet has some cover wear, a light crease to the lower right corner and a prior owner's name on the first page. It has no other marks and no rips or tears.
Following was taken, in part, from the CT Landmarks website: http://www.ctlandmarks.org/index.php?page=buttolph-williams-house
"With its diamond-paned casement windows, clapboards weathered nearly black, and hewn overhangs, the Buttolph-Williams House harkens back to the Puritan era of New England during the 1600s. Although actually built around 1711, the house reflects the continuing popularity of the traditional architecture imported from England....
"Connecticut Landmarks acquired the house in 1941 and opened it to the public in 1951. The building was restored under the direction of pioneer architect, Frederick C. Palmer in the late 1940s. Many of the materials, such as the fireplaces and the original hewn-timber framing, are original to the house. The house interiors showcase an outstanding collection of late 17th-century decorative arts, many of which have Connecticut collections. The best bed chamber was designed and decorated by Katherine Prentiss Murphy, one of the twentieth century’s most renowned antiques collector. The kitchen is another of the house’s highlights, as it features an enormous open hearth and a remarkable assortment of early colonial-era cooking utensils.
"The Buttolph-Williams House’s medieval appearance was a source of inspiration, and the partial setting, for the Newbery Medal-winning book for young adults, The Witch of Blackbird Pond. Written by Elizabeth George Speare, the book tells the fictional account of a young orphaned girl and the prejudices she encounters in 17th-century Wethersfield."
An excellent blog post on the history of this house and how it relates to "The Witch of Blackbird Pond" can be found here:
Until I read this post, I had not realized that witchcraft trials and executions took place in Wethersfield in the 1660′s, a full three decades before Salem.
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