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Haddam Neck House Tour Featured House: Freeman Arnold Sr. House

Submitted by Elizabeth Malloy.

On Saturday, October 3, 2015 the Haddam Historical Society will host “The Lost Forgotten Village- A Historic House and Site Tour of Haddam Neck” from 10 am to 4 pm. The tour will feature six historic homes dating from a 1790 Colonial style farmhouse to an 1875 Second Empire style sea captains home. Haddam Neck is a unique community separated from the main town by the Connecticut River and no bridge connecting them. A few times the village has tried to secede and in 1950 almost forgotten in the census count.  Other locations on the tour include the 1822 Schoolhouse, 1874 church, historic cemetery, 1911 Haddam Neck Grange Hall and Rock Landing, the site of the Neck’s major wharf and shipbuilding area.

The tour will run from 10 am to 4 pm and tickets cost $25 in advance and $30 the day of the tour. The tour headquarters and check in is at the Haddam Neck Grange Hall 26 Quarry Hill Road, Haddam Neck, 06424 where participants will pick up their programs and directions. A homemade lunch will be available at the Haddam Neck School House by the local Ladies Aid Society.

For more information visit Haddam Historical Society’s website. For reservations or questions email or call 860-345-2400.

Freeman Arnold OLD2One of the features homes is the Freeman Arnold, Sr. House, a 1790 farmhouse built in the traditional Colonial period style surrounded by picturesque open fields and lovely gardens.   The original owner Freeman Arnold was a farmer and fisherman who owned a number of fishing places on Haddam Island and was a descendent of the Neck’s earliest settlers. The Arnold Family remained in the house for several generations and farmed the surrounding land. The current family acquired the property from the Arnold Family in the mid-20 th century. The house has been carefully maintained and today often hosts intimate “house concerts” from classical to jazz.Freeman Arnold Interior2