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Off market. Wow! Circa 1700’s! Benjamin Coit House in Connecticut. Over one acre. $299,900

November 7, 2022

Wow! Love all of the original details! Even original windows! This is known as the Benjamin Coit House. He was a justice for the New London County Court. In the mid 1850’s it was sold to the town of Griswold and used as the Town Farm or Alms House. It housed the owners, Henry and Pricilla Bennett, as well as 11 pauper farmers. The home was built sometime in the 1700’s. It is located on 1.44 acres in Griswold, Connecticut. The home features wide plank hardwood floors, exposed beams, huge fireplaces including a cook fireplace, wainscoting, original millwork, claw foot tub and chair rails. There is a large detached garage and a smaller storage building. Five bedrooms, three bathrooms and 3,680 square feet. $299,900

Contact Monica Obuchowski with Randall Realtors Compass

From the Zillow listing:


“Benjamin Coit House”. This is your chance to bring back a piece of history. Built in two sections, this home is set up almost as a large main house with an adjoining smaller house, connected through a 2nd floor room. The amazing main house was built with wide-board flooring & a grand central chimney with SIX fireplaces that you have to see to believe. The first floor boasts a large eat in kitchen featuring a cook fireplace with 2 ovens and a warming shelf. There are an expansive (over 300 sq ft) living room & first floor study each with it’s own fireplace. Front or rear stairs will bring you up to the grand 2nd floor. There you will find 3 bedrooms, a large keeping room, a full bathroom and a separate room that brings you into the “in-law” section of the house. There are also 2 additional staircases to bring you to the full walk up attic space that you have to see to believe. The 2nd unit was built with a kitchen, living room, office and full bath on the 1st floor and 4 additional rooms upstairs. This set up could be perfect for a bed and breakfast, in-law unit or expanded family home. There is also an additional outbuilding and an oversized 3 car garage with workshop. (Please do due diligence regarding any use other than SF home prior to submitting offer) A lot of work has been done including a newer roof, all windows have been re-glazed, refinished flooring & a brand new well but there is still a good amount of work to do. Built in the 1700s, the town records refer to this as the “Judge Benjamin Coit House.” Benjamin Coit was a Justice for the New London County Court in the late 1700’s. In the mid 1850’s it was sold to the Town of Griswold and was used as the Town Farm or Alms House for approximately 100 years. During that time, it housed it’s former owners Henry & Pricilla Bennett as well as up to 11 pauper farmers. The row of small windows, under the eaves on the second floor, are typical of many almshouses, each indicating a single room, generally around 8 by 10 feet, which housed the residents. Fixtures for 2 full bathrooms (including claw foot tubs and antique sinks) supplied but not installed, plumbing and heating need to be completed. Town historian and public records supplied historic data but should be confirmed by buyers. Please do your diligence on any use other than single family dwelling before submitting any offer.



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