Operated by the Meriden Historical Society, Andrews Homestead is a historic saltbox home (this was a typical style in New England) in Meriden. Its namesake, Samuel Andrews III, built it around 1760, making it one of the oldest houses in the town. Inside, visitors will see several original features including a large fireplace (and two smaller ones), dutch ovens, wood paneling surrounding the fireplaces, a large stone chimney wall, floorboards, and hardware. The furniture and other items on display were donated by local families. Also on display are products manufactured in Meriden and a doll collection in the second-floor nursery. The Society also operates the Morehouse Research Center which is located at 1090 Hanover Avenue in South Meriden.
Backstory and Context
Descendants and in-laws owned the house until 1864. It is not clear who lived or owned the house for the rest of the 1800s or early 1900s, but it was used as a school, apartments, and then as a day care center during and after WWII. It also suffered periods of neglect. The city bought it in 1926 and it the next couple of decades the was repaired and restored on a few occasions. The exterior was repainted in 2012.
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