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6. Westport Historical Society - The Wheeler House

To reach the Westport Historical Society, take a left on Main St., passing the old town hall and drive along the Main shopping area in downtown Westport. At the intersection of Avery Place, Parker Harding and Main St., take a right on Avery Place, the Historical Society is on your left.

The Society is situated in the Wheeler House that started as a simple house, possibly a saltbox that was built in 1795. Over the years the house served its many occupants as a home and as a setting for businesses and mercantile interests. In 1865, Morris Bradley enlarged and renovated the house to the popular mid.-19th century Victorian Italianate villa style characterized by the flat cupola roof, decorative brackets and gracious veranda that you see today.

The house has three Victorian Period rooms and a gift shop. The most ornate room is the parlor that shows the gentility of a middle class American family in the Victorian Era and the kitchen showcases some of the new gadgets of the day that made domestic life easier.

Also on the property is the only octagonal-roof, cobblestone barn in Connecticut. It was completely restored over a ten-year period and houses the Museum of Westport History that displays a diorama of the town as it looked toward the end of the 19th.