Wakeman Farmhouse

Aerial view of Wakeman Farmhouse and the outbuildings; Source- Bing
Historic/Common Name:
Meeker-Wakeman Farmhouse
Address:
134 Cross Highway
Town:
Westport »
Year:
_
Historic Designation:
LHP, SR
Property Authority:
Historic District Commission
Nature of Authority:
Regulatory
Eligible for Historic Home tax credits:
Yes
General description:

The nucleus of the picturesque vernacular house is a late 19th century carriage barn which explains the half-size windows flanking the broad central cross gable with two-over-two sash. The facade, which also features coupled windows, is sheltered by a verandah with turned posts and a projecting gabled to define the central entrance bay. The west chimney is interior, while that on the east end is exterior, laid up in the rubble-coursed fieldstone. Each gable end is sheated with imbricated shingles half way down the height of the windows. The house is extremely well preserved and was converted from a barn about 1900. [3]

Significance of the property:

The picturesque vernacular house was built about 1900 from a carriage barn that originally stood on the north side of Cross Highway, across from its present location. The farm was owned by Joseph Meeker and then his son Augustus Meeker, who moved the barn and converted it. It replaces an earlier house that burned. In 1908 John Wakeman purchased the farm from Mary Meeker. Wakeman moved from his farm in the Compo Hill area and ran a dairy and onion farm on acreage that was located on both sides of Cross Highway. The non-extant onion barns were on the north side. The Wakemans gave up onion cultivation by 1920, and the cows were sold off after World War II. The family then expanded its poultry operations, and about 1960 they moved from chicken farming to growing vegetables. After John Wakeman's death, the farm passed to his son Isaac, the currant occupant, in 1928. The c. 1920 chicken houses and equipment sheds survive, but the onion barns have been removed. [3]

Relationship with the Surroundings:

The farmhouse is located in a rural area with other landscape features visible from the site. It is a located in a working farm. There is broad lawn to the front of the house with agricultural buildings to the south and the east.

Features:
Farmhouse with chicken house, garage, workshop and other landscape features like well house
Historic Use:
Residence
Present Use:
Residence
Architectural Style:
Queen Anne Style; Picturesque vernacular
Era:
Late 19th Century
Ownership:
Private
Owner:
Town of Westport
Sources:

Assessors information retrieved from the website www.visionappraisal.com.
[1] Historic Property information retrieved from the town of website http://www.westportct.gov/.
[2] Wakeman Farmhouse, Historic Property Study Report, 2008, SHPO library, Hartford.
[3] McCahon Mary E., Wakeman Farmhouse, Historic Resources Inventory, 1988, SHPO library, Hartford.
[4] Historic District handbook accessed in the town website [http://www.westportct.gov/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=280].
GIS information retrieved from http://www.westportct.gov/index.aspx?page=538.

Map:

Map of the historic property retrieved the online GIS map, accessed from the town website.

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Date of Compilation:
12/31/11
Compiler:
Manjusha Patnaik, CT Trust for Historic Preservation