Historic Buildings of Coventry, CT

Fellow museum guide, interpreter, and teacher Dan Sterner travels all throughout Connecticut photographing the thousands of 18th and 19th century buildings that remain in our 163 towns. He posts the pictures with descriptions and historical information on his web site, town by town. Dan recently put up some pages about what’s to be found in Coventry, which was founded in 1712 and still has more than 400 old places, many in fine condition,  along its roads and byways. He generously agreed to permit me to link up to that page here on You’re History. I’m including the Coventry index here, but there’s a complete index of all the places he’s visited on Historic Buildings of Connecticut .

Thanks, Dan, great work!


Buildings Index

Boston Turnpike
12 Brigham’s Tavern (1778)
1064 Nathaniel Root House (1809)
1630 Coventry Grange Hall (1834)
1746 Second Congregational Church (1847)
1747 Loomis-Pomeroy House (1833)
1804 Pomeroy Tavern (1801)

Bread & Milk Street
21 Jacob Wilson Tavern (1735)

Main Street
1129 Capron-Philips House (1864)
1134 Booth & Dimock Memorial Library (1913)
1141 Former Methodist Church (1867)
1171 First Congregational Church (1849)
1195 Coventry Visitors’ Center (1876)
1220 Bidwell Hotel (1822)
2011 Daniel Rust House (1731)

North River Road
290 John Turner House (1814)
941 Charles Hanover House (1825)

South Street
2187 Elias Sprague House (1821)
2299 Nathan Hale Homestead (1776)
2382 Strong-Porter House (1730)

A Walk Around Paris

My husband and I spent a wonderful two weeks in Paris in February of this year. It wasn’t easy getting there, due to the snowstorms that plagued the Washington D.C. area last month. We were scheduled to leave Hartford for a hop down to D.C., then make a connection to Paris. We’ve made many a long trip in February over the past ten years, and not once has the weather interfered. But this time, we were rerouted to Chicago, where we had what we thought would be an eight hour layover. It was snowing lightly when we arrived. By 6:30 PM, however, the snow was really heavy. We boarded on time, then spent the next four hours taxiing around the runways, being de-iced, being refueled, and being nervous. Really nervous. Long story short, we took off at 11:00 PM. The rest of the flight couldn’t have been smoother.

Our first week in Paris was exceedingly cold, with continual snow flurries. The Parisians were more bothered than we were. The temps moderated during the second week. We spent some days walking the city. We’ve been there several times before, and were visiting sites off the tourist trail. Some days we took the train to other cities to visit medieval cathedrals, a special interest of mine.  In this article, I’m posting photos taken in Paris itself. Hope you enjoy them.

Boulevard S. Michel, site of many a local protest. This one had something to do with the rights of immigrants from the middle East.

Cake, I mean garden, at Musee Carnavalet, dusted with snow. This museum highlights Paris history, and was once the residence of Madame


Collection of commercial signs from old Paris, mostly iron.

Rodin’s The Thinker, in the garden of the Rodin Museum. The Eiffel Tower is  barely visible through the mist.

More of the garden.

The infamous “Rose Line” from Da Vinci Code, at S. Sulpice. The church didn’t used to get all that many visitors, but they do now. The placards along the right wall do their best to debunk the movie.

Checking out the well at Musee du Moyen Age, my favorite museum in Paris.

Louvre Courtyard.

La Defense. There’s more to Paris than its icons.

Chateau Malmaison, where Josephine retired after her divorce from Napoleon.

Speaks for itself.

Tuileries. You can just make out the  Odelisque and the Arc de Triomphe in the background.

Impromptu Sunday morning dance at the foot of  Rue Mouffetard. The vocalist is under the umbrella.

This should give you a flavor of our trip. We had such a good time………..