Rogers House

Rogers House, Southeast corner; Source: State Historic Resource Inventory.
Historic/Common Name:
Leonard Rogers House
Address:
100 South Street
Town:
Vernon »
Year:
c.1795
Notes on Establishment:
Approved by CCT on 12/6/2000, Established on 4/17/2001
Historic Designation:
LHP, SR
Property Authority:
Vernon Historic Properties Commission
Nature of Authority:
Regulatory
Eligible for Historic Home tax credits:
Yes
General description:

This vernacular Georgian house features a rectangular plan with a center chimney and a wood-shingled gambrel roof, typical of several late-eighteenth century houses in Vernon. Entry is gained from the gable end, facing South Street, through a four panel door with a six-lite transom. A similar door on the opposite end provides access from the kitchen to the rear yard. The interior of the house retains the original timber frame with pegged mortise-and-tenon joints. The stone chimney supports two fireplaces, one at the living room and one at the kitchen (keeping room). The kitchen fireplace features a bake oven and brick hearth. The stone chimney supports two fireplaces, one at the living room and one at the kitchen (keeping room). The kitchen fireplace features a bake oven and brick hearth. The living room fireplace has a simple wood mantel with pilasters and a smooth frieze. In summary, the house represents the one-and-one-half story, gambrel-roof farm houses constructed in Vernon and surrounding communities in the late-eighteenth century. Its recent restoration has preserved most of the original framing and much original interiors details.

Significance of the property:

In June 1802, Leonard Rogers, one of the Freeman who incorporated the town of Vernon in 1808, purchased eleven acres of land from Alexander McLean for two hundred dollars. The deed does not mention any buildings on the property, so it is likely that Leonard Rogers built the farm house about that time. The property remained in the Rogers family until 1876. While agriculture no longer plays a significant role in the economy of Vernon, the well-preserved Leonard Rogers house remains to remind us of the town's rural heritage.

Relationship with the Surroundings:

Located on feeder road with ridge line perpendicular to the road. It is located adjacent to large public park and post war residential sub-division.

Features:
House with garage
Historic Use:
Residential
Present Use:
Residential
Architectural Style:
Vernacular Georgian
Era:
Late eighteenth century
Ownership:
Private
Owner:
Morrissey Timothy F & Kathleen
Sources:

[1] Property information retrieved from the town of Fairfield website http://www.vernon-ct.gov/.
[2]Report of the Vernon Historic Properties Study Committee, 2000, SHPO Library, Hartford.
Assessor and GIS information retrieved from the website http://gis.vernon-ct.gov/newviewer/.
[SR]Leonard Rogers House, Historic Resource Inventory, Attached with the Study Committee report, SHPO Library, Hartford.

Map:

Map of the local historic property retrieved from Vernon Historic Properties Study Committee Report, 2000, SHPO Library, Hartford.

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Date of Compilation:
11/30/2011
Compiler:
Manjusha Patnaik, CT Trust for Historic Preservation