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Henry Whitfield House, 1639 Guilford, Connecticut (1973 photograph). The present State of Connecticut consisted of two colonies from 1638 to 1662: Connecticut and New Haven. The New Haven Colony was founded in 1638, and Guilford was one of its towns. If this house was actually begun in 1639, it would be the oldest extant New England Colonial building, but there is no original interior wood, so the tree-ring method of dating (dendrochronology) cannot be used.
Henry Whitfield House (1639), Guilford, Connecticut; North End and West Facade (2011 photograph).
Henry Whitfield House (1639), Guilford, Connecticut; West Facade - South End (2011 photograph).
Clemence Irons House 1691 Johnston, Rhode Island. A Rhode Island "Stone-ender"; the house being clapboarded with the chimney end mostly stone.
Eleazer Arnold House (1693), Lincoln, Rhode Island. Another Rhode Island "Stone-ender". It was possible to build in stone because lime was available in the Narragansett Bay area.
Richard Jackson House (1664), Portsmouth, New Hampshire; Spring view of
Richard Jackson House (1664) Portsmouth, New Hampshire; Leanto roof and West end. This house is the only extant 17th century house east of the Massachusetts/New Hampshire border.
Richard Jackson House (1664) Portsmouth, New Hampshire; In snow
Richard Jackson House (1664), Portsmouth, New Hampshire; South Facade in snow.
Brick Work House (1664) Framlingham Castle, Suffolk, England. This house is included to show the stylistic similarities of some early New England houses to contemporaries in Old England. In particular, see the Joshua Hempsted House.
Joshua Hempsted House (1678), New London, Connecticut. Note some features in common with the above Brick Work House: A facade or cross gable and diamond-pane casement windows.
Old Stone Mill (c 1670), Newport, Rhode Island. Probably of the 17th century, although there are some tall tales that it was erected by Norsemen or Vikings.
Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House ( c 1697 ), Newport, Rhode Island. Reputed to be the oldest existing house in Newport.
White House Tavern (late 17th century), Newport, Rhode Island. For a time, this building served as a court house as well as a tavern. The colonial assembly and the Newport town council also sat here. These additional uses took place before the construction of Colony House in 1739 (see 18 Century Connecticut and Rhode Island gallery).
Friends Meeting House (c 1700), Newport, Rhode Island.
Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion (1650-1750) Little Harbor, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The early section on the left is said to date from 1650, although the mansion was extended in several stages.