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Ashbel Woodward House
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Ashbel Woodward House is located in Connecticut
Ashbel Woodward House
Location in Connecticut
Ashbel Woodward House is located in the United States
Ashbel Woodward House
Location in the United States
Location 387 CT 32, Franklin, Connecticut
Area 1.6 acres (0.65 ha)
Built 1835 (1835)
Architectural style Greek Revival
NRHP reference No. 92000264
Added to NRHP April 8, 1992

The Ashbel Woodward House is a historic house museum at 387 Connecticut Route 32 in Franklin, Connecticut. The house is now operated by the Town of Franklin as the Dr. Ashbel Woodward House Museum. The house was built c. 1835, and is a fine local example of a Greek Revival house in a rural setting. It was home for many years to Ashbel Woodward, a local doctor. His descendants gave the property to the state in 1947. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on April 8, 1992.

Description and history

The Ashbel Woodward House is located southeast of the village center of Franklin, on the east side of Connecticut Route 32. It is a 2+12-story wood-frame structure, five bays wide, with a side-gable roof, clapboard siding, a granite foundation, and a pair of brick chimneys. The main entrance is centered on the front, slightly recessed under a Greek Revival surround with pilasters and entablature. The building corners are also pilastered, and the side gable ends have semi-elliptical windows. An ell, apparently original as it shares the foundation with the house, extends to the rear. The property also includes two barns and a third outbuilding that probably functioned as a corn crib. The interior contains exhibits on local history and an art gallery.

The house was built about 1835, on land purchased by Doctor Ashbel Woodward, a prominent local physician, in 1834. Woodward, a graduate of Bowdoin College, settled in Franklin in 1829, and served as the town's primary medical practitioner until his death in 1885. He was also interested in local history, amassing a collection of historic and prehistoric artifacts, and writing a book-length history of Franklin which was published in 1869. The property was given to the town by his descendants in 1947.

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