Photo by Salt Water New England

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Guilford in Autumn

Photos by Salt Water New England

22 comments:

  1. Nice to see the Comfort Starr house in the first pic.

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    1. Thank you for identifying the Comfort Starr house. Do you know which Comfort built this? My lineage includes Comfort Starr who came on the Hercules, and his daughter, Elizabeth, who married John Ferniside. Seems like a very interesting area!

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    2. @Melinda, this would have been Comfort Starr (1666-1743) who was the great-grandson of the Dr. Comfort Starr who emigrated on the Hercules. (The Wikipedia entry on the house states that he was the grandson, but that is an error.) The line goes from Dr. Comfort Starr (1589-1659) > Dr. Thomas Starr (1615-1658) > Comfort Starr (1644-1693) > Comfort Starr (1666-1743). If you haven't done so already, you might pick up "A History of the Starr Family of New England" by Burgis Pratt Starr -- available on Amazon.

      I am also a descendant. If you would like to connect, you can email Muffy, she has my email coordinates.

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    3. Nitty gritty of the Comfort Starr house:
      https://www.loc.gov/resource/hhh.ct0136.sheet?st=gallery

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    4. @Sartresky-thank you for the offer to connect! I emailed Muffy, so hopefully I'll be in touch soon.

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  2. Love to see these wooden New England houses. Particularly enjoyed the view of the church from inside the arched window. The leaves were nice, too. Wish I could be there. Thank you!

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  3. No used car dealers, no karate studios, no Dollar Store... how wonderful!

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    1. Well, all right, but what that means is that everybody has to drive elsewhere to shop for essentials. Towns, even historic ones, need economic activities to be more than just a collction of houses.

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    2. We do actually have a dollar store and martial arts studio in town, in addition to many other businesses. They’re just not in the historic center (which is also full of businesses) :)

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  4. Perfection! Such beautiful images. And a great source of comfort in the times we are living in now. Thank you so very much!

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  5. These pictures are stunning, Muffy, and illustrate the charm of this lovely town in its autumn glory. Guilford is one of my favorite places. But I would like to dispel a couple myths here. To skiwithapro, I agree no visible signs of commercialism, but don't get your hopes up. It is all there just around the corner from the Comfort Starr house. The Starr house backs up to a plaza with two banks and a hair salon. But even worse is the fact that the Comfort Starr House has been decimated (in my humble opinion) by over the top modern additions. A few years ago we went to a historic house open tour in Guilford and the Comfort Starr House was open to ticket holders. I thought I was in for a thrill of a life time. However I was stunned and appalled that modern "improvements" have overwhelmed its historic charm. We entered from the rear of the house through an ell door into an enormous, overblown chef's kitchen with the usual over the top appliances (think subzero and an outsize viking stove), a kitchen island with sink, an eat-in area, and family room with entertainment center. It looked like any other McMansion in a housing development. Only after traversing the modern wing do you enter the older, quaint keeping room which is dwarfed by the modern addition. And in another Guilford home, the Caleb Stone House on the corner of Broad and River Streets, the same thing has been done. The entire rear wall of the original saltbox has been blown out to make an extensive dream kitchen. If people want to buy old houses I think a modest kitchen would be better than wholly altering the historic character of these priceless Guilford gems. I think what has been done to both these houses is an absolute travesty.

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    1. You are right. It is a travesty. There is no accounting for taste.

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    2. The owners of the Comfort Starr House graciously opened their house to help support a charity. You were a guest. Now you are online criticizing their stewardship of their home. Not New England civility.

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  6. Thank you for the current pics of the town where I grew up. Guilford has charm to burn. Peace all.

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    1. You go to Guilford for culture. You go to Madison for class. You go to Clinton for clams.

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  7. Gorgeous colours! Any wonder the Fall is my favourite season. We had a couple of days in Scotland last week and the colours were amazing. Enjoy while it lasts!

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  8. Love the glowing quality of these snap shots and the lovely architecture.

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  9. Thank you for the visual trip. i really enjoyed it.

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  10. Which Guilford, I know of at least 4 in New England. Well, the NH one is actually spelt Gilford....all of them have their charms.

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  11. I believe its Guilford, Connecticut based on references to Comfort Starr House

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