Created By: William J. Johnston Middle School
Have you ever wondered what the oldest house in Colchester is? Well, you're looking right at it. The Nathaniel Foote House was built in 1702, originally in the first settlement near what is today a golf course. Nathaniel Foote is credited with naming Jeremy’s Plantation, “Colchester” after his family’s place of origin in England. Sadly, Nathaniel never lived in the home he built as he died before it was completed. He is buried in Wethersfield. His family did remain in Colchester for the next few hundred years. His many generations great grandson has a street named after him, Dr. Foote Road.
This house has been moved several times. In the 1930s, the State Police were building a barracks and this was sitting on the property they needed. Its final move was quite eventful. Loaded on an ox cart, the building unfortunately fell off of it on its way here. It tied up traffic for hours trying to get it back on.
The Daughters of American Revolution (DAR) purchased and restored the house to a greater elegance and ornateness than it originally had as simple settlement house.
The house is currently owned by the Bacon Academy Board of Trustees.updated-sound
This point of interest is part of the tour: Colchester Heritage Walk