This is another in the new WestportNow feature “Honoring Our Heritage” by Bob Weingarten, chair of the Westport Historical Society’s House Research and Plaque Committee and a Realtor with William Raveis Real Estate Company. The series highlights some of the more than 190 houses in Westport that display the Westport Historical Society plaque. Today’s entry is 81 Clapboard Hill Road owned by Judy and Charles Reid. They have recognized the heritage of their home by displaying a Westport Historical Society plaque identifying it as the Samuel Taylor house built in 1771. This house is one of the early capes in Greens Farms and is in the process of being considered as a Local Historic Property. The house was built by Samuel Taylor as part of 23 acres of land purchased from the Morehouse family then living on Clapboard Hill Road. The Reids purchased the house in 1963 after seeing it for the first time because it immediately appealed to both of them. Charles is a native of Westport, a painter and a member of the National Academy of Design. Judy became a resident in 1963. The Reids said that they “love living in Westport and are very interested in preservation.” Bob Weingarten for WestportNow.com
UPDATE: The house was designated as a Westport Local Historic Landmark property in 2009. The house is now designated as the Morehouse-Taylor house built in c.1727.