Sunday, June 2, 2013

Buttolph-Williams House



Broad Street in Wethersfield is home to many old houses.  The Buttolph-Williams House was built in 1711.  It was declared a national historic landmark in 1968.

The Witches of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare is a 1958 Newberry Medal-winning children's book that was set in this house.  The book is about a young girl who arrives here from Barbados.  She arouses suspicion among the townspeople because she can swim, stands up to her elders and befriends an old woman regarded as a witch.

18 comments:

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

The house is rustic right down to the door knocker.

Thank you , as always, for your comments. We were away in Ireland for several seeks, so I have not had a chance to visit websites or comment during my absence.

jennyfreckles said...

Lovely house and good that it is listed and will be preserved. As so often, the real beauty is in the detail, as you have shown.

brattcat said...

i had no idea the book was set in a real house. thank you, jack. (sorry...my computer had the hiccups.)

Birdman said...

What a cool knocker? Clasp? And the book is a favorite of mine. I too did not know that it was set in an actual house.

Malyss said...

I'm wondering about how many women were seen as witches and killed only because they were more clever or more beautiful than the others..

Sharon said...

That is truly a beautiful old house!

VP said...

Now I want to read the book...

Clueless in Boston said...

Love the first image of the door knocker. The book does sound interesting.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

1711 ...no wonder that door knocker is a wee bit rusty :)

William Kendall said...

Terrific shots... I haven't heard of the book before, though.

RedPat said...

I hadn't heard of the book either. That house is OLD especially for one in N America!

Michelle said...

What a wonderful, old home. I read that book as a child. Excellent, as I do recall.

Sylvia K said...

Such a lovely old home and great captures as always, Jack!! So goo to be back online to enjoy your posts and photos! Hope you have a great week!

Randy said...

Amazing house.

LONDONLULU said...

That old knocker has aged well! I read that book long long ago, how utterly fascinating to see the house where it was set.

JM said...

The house is lovely but the textures and colours in the detail shot are just superb!

Cezar and Léia said...

ADorable place and house!
Léia

Linda said...

Nice picture! I vaguely remember that book.