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Woodbury House Tour Takes Place on Saturday

The Woman’s Club of Woodbury invites the public to attend its 24th Annual House Tour highlighting great homes and town treasures decorated for the holiday season. Six venues will be open from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. on Saturday, Dec. 8.

One Room Schoolhouse for District 2 ~ Main Street South

In the1800’s, there were fourteen one-room district schools in Woodbury. All students walked to school. District 2 school was built in 1867 and was known as the School under the Rock. Learn about the daily activities for the children and their teacher who taught all subjects with very limited resources.

No Handicapped parking.

The North Congregational Church & Parsonage ~ 11 Main Street North

The history of the church dates back to 1660, when a small but vocal minority of members of the First Church of Stratford had a difference of opinion regarding church leadership

As a result, in 1673, the small group left Stratford and found their way north, settling in what is now Woodbury. The first meeting House was built in 1683. By the nineteenth century, the First Congregational Church had again outgrown the building. A new site was recommended. Not all members agreed, so the North Congregational Church was pronounced. The current building was erected in 1816. The steeple was taken down for repairs and restored in 2016 celebrating the 200th anniversary of the church. Much of the wood had suffered from rot and water damage. The original lantern of 9,500 pounds was removed from the roof, but the restored lantern weighed 9,000 pounds, the excess weight added from water soaked into the wood. Now clad in copper, the steeple is once again a highlight of the Woodbury vista.

The parsonage was built in 1819 by the first minister, Grove Brownell. In 2013, the Board of Trustees decided to restore the 200-year-old house. All work, except the drywall was performed by volunteer church members. The inside of the home has been modernized but some old beams are still exposed.

Andrew and Debbie Smith ~ 38 Washington Road

This renovated antique colonial farmhouse was built in 1835 by local farmer Burton Judson. The house was purchased in January 2017 by the Smiths, who, after exploring many areas, decided to settle in Woodbury to launch their new business. Entering the home, you are welcomed by the warm

and inviting floor plan that encompasses vintage built-ins, exposed beams, and quarter-sawn wide floorboards. The remodeled kitchen features an interesting black soapstone counter, farm sink and a Rumford fireplace. This style was common from 1796 to 1854. The second floor includes bedrooms and a bathroom with a claw foot tub. The third story bedroom is distinguished by a vaulted ceiling and window seat with a view of Sprain Brook. Period outbuildings include a barn, a shed, and retail vintage antique shop. Stonewalls and gardens complete this truly special treasure.

The Charles Clark House ~35 Main Street North

This early Greek Revival house, built in the second quarter of the 19th century, was purchased by Mr. Clark in 1997. Many homes in this style of architecture which became popular after the Civil War line Woodbury’s Main Street.

The Charles Clark House features a classic two-story front façade five-over-five arrangement, six-over-six windows with double-hung sashes, and a one-story portico with fluted columns and engaged pilasters with Ionic capitals. The front elevation is framed with a deep cornice and entablature along with the large pilasters with Doric-like capitals. A handsome paneled mahogany door surrounded by lead-framed sidelights and a rectangular transom enhance the entry. Two vintage barns grace the property. The upper level of the house is the residence of owner Mr. Clark and Teri Hay.

The home was extensively and sensitively remodeled and restored in 1995 by the former owner, a well-known greeting card designer. A hipped-roof two-story section was added to the west side of the original structure. The inviting interior features arched doorways, detailed moldings, wide chestnut floorboards, and three fireplaces. The charming rooms showcase early 19th-century antique furniture.

Novak House ~ 138 Washington Avenue

In 1996, John and Robin Novak decided to build a home in Woodbury. They noticed there were many local Greek Historic Revival homes, but none built in Woodbury within the last 100 years. . . . so they chose that style.

The Novaks oversaw most of the construction themselves to insure that the nuances of the Greek Revival period were authentic. During their research, they photographed numerous early Greek Revivals and kept their eye out for treasures from that era. They acquired old bricks from the Waterbury Armory as well as an old fixture from the Old State Theater, also in Waterbury.

The house they built has an elegant center hall featuring an imposing staircase that was created with an extra step because the ceiling is so high. On the main floor, the large living room and dining room, as well as the kitchen and office, are adorned with period moldings and woodwork. The second floor’s four attractive bedrooms look out over the serene grounds.

Interesting fixtures, artifacts and memorabilia collected during family travels are on display throughout the house, including a Christmas tree adorned with Lithuanian ornaments. On another holiday note, electrical circuits and outlets were installed at each window for Christmas tree lights and other decorations requiring illumination.

The Jean-Guy & Lauren Godbout House ~ 39 Quanopaug Trail

Welcome to the 21st century. This large, handsome contemporary home was built in 2001 with conservation in mind. It was designed for and constructed with Greenblock Insulated Concrete Forms and is 70 percent more efficient than traditional stick-frame structures.

Built to accommodate a growing family with three boys, the home is all about fun an entertainment. A huge swimming pond, a Gunite pool, an outdoor fireplace, and a hot tub provide outside activities. Visitors entering the home see a main room of an imposing height, with a stunning floor to ceiling fireplace. The adjoining glass doors lead out to a beautiful patio.

Nearby, the open kitchen and dining areas add a casual elegance to the space. Mr. Godbout’s office across from the kitchen is dominated by an 18-foot custom-made desk.

The master bedroom is located at the end of the ground-floor hall. Two stairways lead to the upper level and its three bedrooms. From the balcony visitors can view the open main floor space. From the windows in this area and throughout the house, one views spectacular outdoor landscapes.

Tickets for the tour will be sold after November 1st at $30 if bought in advance. They are available online at Event Name: “2018 Holiday House Tour”; or inquire by leaving a message at 203-405-3868 or 203-263-3623.

Tickets can also can be purchased in Woodbury at Canfield Corner Pharmacy, Curtis House, Woodbury Drug, Woodbury Farm Market, Walker Road Winery, and The Hidden Acorn; Washington Depot: Hickory Stick Bookshop, Newbury Place; Southbury: Newbury Place; Bethlehem: Towne Apothecary, Roxbury: Roxbury Market; Litchfield: The Village Restaurant; Seymour: Yankee Quilters.

Visitors are asked to bring slippers as shoes must be removed in the houses. No photography is allowed.

On the day of the tour, tickets are $35 at the Woodbury Senior and Community Center, 265 Main Street South, on the hill behind the Woodbury Library. Last year more than 600 enthusiastic ticket-holders enjoyed the tour on a romantic snowy day. Holiday items for purchase and complimentary refreshments will be available at the Senior Center.

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