The Thrall Farm

View of the main residence, Thrall Farm, southeast corner; Source: State Historic Resource Inventory.
Historic/Common Name:
Thrall Farm
Address:
312 Bolton Road
Town:
Vernon »
Year:
C. 1740
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 farmstead features the main house and several out-buildings, representing two-and-one-half centuries of occupancy of the farm. The main house currently features a two-story central structure with one-story wings at each side and a one-story ell at the rear. The barn features a three-bay timber frame with a pergola attached to the west gable shelters a terrace adjacent to an in-ground swimming pool. Other out-buildings include a garage set into the side of a hill to the east of the barn, a storage shed and a well house with a cupola. The property reflects the needs of its varied owners, during its tenure as both a working farm and a suburban enclave. [2]

Significance of the property:

The Thrall Farm is an excellent example of the varied uses to which land in rural Vernon was subjected over the years as the agrarian economy was transformed from farming, to recreation, and currently to ex-urban life.[2]

Relationship with the Surroundings:

Residential, rural: The property is situated in rural environment with the ridge line of the main house running parallel to Bolton Road. It is located close to Bread and Milk Road, which intersects with Bolton Road just to the southeast. To the northwest of the property is Industrial Park and Interstate 84. Surrounding the property are residential properties, woodland, and farmland. The designated premises contain approximately 1.90 acres and are described as Lot No. 1, as shown on the map entitled, 'Part of the property of Maxwell M. Belding 'The Thrall Farm' Vernon, Conn. Nov., 1952, Revised: Jan. 1953, Revised: Apr. 1957. [2 and 3]

Features:
House with barns, shed and other landscape features (pool)
Historic Use:
Agriculture
Present Use:
Residential
Architectural Style:
Colonial
Era:
18th Century with later 19th and mid 20th century alterations
Ownership:
Private
Owner:
Sweeney Kathleen L
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/.
[3] Additional information retrieved from Historic barns of Connecticut, http://www.connecticutbarns.org/9153.
[SR]Thrall Farm, 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:
11/15/2011
Compiler:
Manjusha Patnaik, CT Trust for Historic Preservation