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For the historic district in Windham, Vermont, see Windham Village Historic District
Windham Center Historic District
U.S. Historic district
Laura Huntington House, Windham Center, Windham CT.jpg
The Laura Huntington House, c. 1850
Location CT 14 and CT 203, Windham, Connecticut
Area 205 acres (83 ha)
Built 1750
Architect Multiple
Architectural style Greek Revival, Colonial, Italianate
NRHP reference No. 79002655
Added to NRHP June 4, 1979

Windham Center Historic District is a 205-acre (83 ha) area in the town of Windham, Connecticut, that is designated as a historic district.

The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. At the time, it included 61 contributing buildings out of a total of 78 buildings, and it included 2 other contributing sites. One of the buildings in the district is the Original 1832 Greek Revival style Windham Bank building, which was converted to the Windham Free Library in 1896.

General description

Windham Center is a village in the New England town of Windham in northeast Connecticut. The District is centered on a the village green. During the town's first 125 years, this district was the most thickly settled part of the surrounding area. The village was selected as the seat of Windham County, when the latter was created in 1726, and prospered from the legal activity around the courthouse that was constructed. In the following three decades Windham Center grew to be a prosperous administrative, commercial and agricultural center.

The village green today is bordered by the Congregational Church, the Post Office, the Library, a former inn and homes that reflect the past importance and prosperity of the historical village. Four streets issue from the green: Scotland Rd (Route 14), to the east, Windham Center Road (Route 203), to the south, Plains Road, to the west and North Road (Routes 14 and 203), to the northwest. The village remains essentially rural. Much of the surrounding land is still used as pasture or cultivated for feed corn.

Windham was the home of two of Connecticut's Revolutionary pioneers, Eliphalet Dyer and Jedediah Elderkin; of craftsman J. Alden Weir; and of legal scholar Zephaniah Swift. The first volume of Swift's work, A System of the Laws of the State of Connecticut (1795), was the first legal treatise in America and concerns the constitution of the state and differences between English and American common law.

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