Strong-Porter Museum, Coventry
A front view of the Strong-Porter House.
A rear view of the Strong-Porter House, showing the lean-to addition probably provided by the prolific Porters.
The "Lytle House" privy was restored and moved back to this historic home after substantial effort by local historians.
Backstory and Context
By the early 20th century, most of the Porters had either died out or moved on, and the house was sold to Mr. Seymour who once again renamed it. He chose to call it Northampton House, after the Massachusetts town from whence the Strong family had relocated to Coventry. Upon Seymour's death, the house and its contents were bequeathed to the State of Connecticut along with lands that would become part of the Nathan Hale State Forest. Today the house is operated by the Coventry Historical Society under a name that reflects both families who helped build the house but the town of Coventry itself: the Strong-Porter Museum.
The historic home is also the site of a letterboxing adventure sponsored by the Connecticut Sons of the American Revolution. It also serves as a jumping-off point for Coventry’s Halloween “Hauntingly Enchanted Evening” lantern tour and woods walk, which is a popular annual event. As of 2018, admission to the Strong-Porter Museum is free.
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