House of the Week

THE WILLIAM WILLIAMS HOUSE IS OFFERED TO THE MARKET FOR A BUYER WHO APPRECIATES ANTIQUE CHARACTER, UPDATED INTERIORS AND AMERICAN HISTORY

By G.A. Peck

2022-09-23T07:00:00.0000000Z

2022-09-23T07:00:00.0000000Z

The Day

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WELCOME HOME

cind out all about this week’s featured home The historic three-bedroom Colonial (with a capital C) at 876 Trumbull Highway in Lebanon is for sale. The asking price is $495,000. Broker Amy Rio, who leads Team Rio at Executive Real Estate’s Glastonbury brokerage, represents the seller. It’s known as “the William Williams House,” in honor of its first owner, who was reportedly gifted the home by Rev. Solomon Williams, his father. The property was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. William Williams, who resided here from 1755 to 1811, was a local man, born in Lebanon on April 8, 1731. An ambitious sort, Williams was first a graduate of Harvard, then a merchant. He became a politician and ultimately a judge. In 1771, he married Mary Trumbull — the daughter of Johnathan Trumbull — and the couple had three children. It was a life not unlike other Colonial-era families, with two noteworthy exceptions: Williams served as a member of the Continental Congress and was one of the original signers of the Declaration of Independence. In fact, it was here, in this home, where Williams was living during that transformative time in American history. Like with all houses of a certain age, this home has certainly evolved over the centuries, but the original part of the house, a center-hall colonial, and the clapboard-sided Greek Revival-style architecture remains. Today, the home affords three bedrooms and three updated full baths, with 2,546 square feet of living space. Rio refers to the property as “a masterpiece” and “must-see.” There are original wide-planked hardwood floors throughout much of the home, plus practical built-ins and several fireplaces. The kitchen is gourmet-ready, with a center island, a gas range and appliances in stainless finishes. According to the listing broker, the seller has made a number of recent improvements, including a “newer” roof, air conditioning systems and a Buderusbrand boiler — all added in the past five years. The main house is connected to the attached three-car garage. For outdoor living and dining, there’s a stone terrace, overlooking the 1.50-acre grounds and gardens. Located in the heart of Lebanon’s town center, the William Williams House at 876 Trumbull Hwy., Lebanon, is within walking distance to the town green and Trumbull Park.

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