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House For Sale In Norwalk Has Ties To President John Adams

The Sturges House, a home with ties to John Adams, is up for sale in Norwalk. Photo Credit: Contributed
The home's prior owners include Jonathan T. Adams, a successful local businessman and direct descendant of former President John Adams. Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. -- William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty has announced the firm’s listing of the Sturges House, a historic 10-room, Colonial-style home with a prominent series of past owners, including direct descendants of former President John Adams.

The updated 1820s residence at 228 Wolfpit Ave. is available for $585,000. Southport agent Chris Titus and his team, TSS Realty Group, represent the listing.

Jonathan T. Adams, a shoemaker and later a successful Norwalk butcher shop owner – as well as a direct descendant of President John Adams – was one of the first residents of the home.

Adams purchased both the residence and 9 acres in 1854 for $300. His son, Elbert S. Adams, inherited it in 1904.

Elbert was known as an active Republican, and his political involvement led him to be appointed postmaster of Norwalk by President William Howard Taft, a position he had for nine years.

The property has undergone many changes, expansions and additions throughout the years, all of which have been integrated into the original construction and architecture of the house.

The amenities include a stone patio, two-car garage, a relocation of the home’s front door, a new shed, an in-ground pool and a remodeled kitchen.

The five-bedroom, four-bath, two-and-a-half story residence boasts an uncut stone foundation, wood framing and clapboard siding with an asphalt shingle roof line that is dominated by three gable formations and an addition to the right side of the house. Three open porches provide easy access outdoors. The residence’s interior includes two family rooms, a foyer with one of the home’s two fireplaces and a dining room.

The rear entrance opens to a corridor through which the kitchen and second family room, an addition to the house, can be accessed.

While updated to meet modern demands, the home maintains much of its early 19th century architecture.

The home’s preservation is particularly evident in its basement, where a large chimney stack, original floor boards, hand-hewn primary and secondary beams and other historic elements can be found.

“This home is a true testament to preserved history, and is an excellent example of how a home can be modified to meet the demands and wishes of modern-day society without compromising its original details,” Titus said. “The structure, which is a residential landmark in town, is incredibly well-kept and updated, and ready for its next lucky owners to call it home.”

For more information about the property, click here.

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