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Property Details - 25 Marjorie Circle

Address: 25 Marjorie Circle
Inventory Num: 139
Location: South side 0.1 Mi west of Route 85
Year Built: 1740 - 1780
Builder: Samuel Fielding
Style: Gambrel Cape
Current Use: Residence
National Register of Historic Places(District)1993
Notable Architectural Features:
Soon after construction, owned by Benjamin Pomeroy, Congregational minister. 1835 was Miss Bradford's school for select young ladies. 1854 Sibyl Gilbert kept a bonnet shop in the house. Bought by Mrs. T.D. Martin, town librarian, and succeeded both as the home's owner as well as librarian for the Douglas Library was her daughter Marjorie. Miss Martin was also the woman for whom the road was named.
Interior Modern stair. Room to right has piece of featheredge well. Corner cupboard in northwest corner. 4 panel doors; sunken reverse, raised - front. Summer beam in small right room; none in large room to left. History Bought 1791 by Amasa Gillett. Died early. Daughter, Sibyl Gillett lived here all her life and died about 95. Used to make bonnets, and used to go to Middletown twice a year to get the styles. Left to niece, Almiro Foster (wife of Rev. Mr. F.). Gave life use to stepdaughter Mrs. Etta Foster Eno. Miss Bradford kept a select school for girls in big room (18 x 20 ft.). Coved ceiling in room over parlor. A. G.'s wife married Benjamin Phelps. (Later called Widow Polly Phelps Place.)
(WPA Architectural Survey - ca. 1935 - # 30)

Marjorie Martin House
"This charming Dutch colonial (gambrel roofed) home, having much history behind it, as do all old homes, has an ell and large fireplaces. Most noteworthy is a very large fireplace in the lower level, having a 'working' beehive oven which is in use today, much to the great delight of visitors. The family's collection of small farm animals, displayed on sloping rear acres, complete this setting as no other could."
(from Hebron, Ct: Hebron Historical Society booklet prepared for America's Bicentennial)