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Danbury Museum & Historical Society wants to buy oldest house in the City still standing

Danbury Museum and Historical Society is looking to purchase a Wooster Heights home, the oldest house in the City still standing.  The Authority's mission includes the preservation of historical assets important to the community.

56 Wooster Heights was the home of Admiral Dickens, a Spanish-American War hero. It was constructed in 1690 by the Crofut family, among Danbury's early settlers.  It was also the home of the City's first librarian, Mrs. Taylor, and connected through family genealogy to Charles Dickens.

Executive Director Brigid Guertin says an artist-in-residency program could be created at the site.  She says that would change their organization from just being an historic home museum to also being an arts museum, making multiple grants more accessible.  Council members seemed intrigued by the idea of opening revenue options to the City entity. 

The Wooster Heights house once served as an inn and sits on an acre of land and is on the market for $360,000.  It has antique chestnut, hand hewn beams and authentic hand sawn wide chestnut floors.  There are two fireplaces and a wood stove.  The home has 9 rooms including 3 bedrooms and one full and one partial bathrooms.

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