One of the goals of the Westport Historical Society is to inspire people to make personal connections with the past. At present, we are in the process of connecting with the past in a momentous and enduring way.
Our beautiful home, Wheeler House built in 1795, was approved by the Westport Historic District Commission in July 2012 to seek local historic landmark property designation along with the Cobblestone Barn built circa 1847. Therefore, a study committee consisting of HDC members Bob Weingarten, Maggie Feczko and Ed Gerber along with HDC Staff Administrator Carol Leahy and WHS President Susan Wynkoop has been busy reviewing and preparing materials on Wheeler House and Barn to be presented to the Connecticut Historic Preservation/Museum Division in Hartford. This process takes months to complete but the hopeful outcome is that with approval of this designation, Wheeler House and the Barn will be Westport’s gem to admire and cherish forever.
Wheeler House and Barn, located at 25 Avery Place, became listed on The National Register of Historic Places and The Connecticut Register of Historic Places in 1984 but these designations are honorary titles only and do not protect the buildings for the years to come. Only landmark status will preserve the buildings for future generations.