1661 Saltbox – Revolutionary War Zone

Robert Vavasour shared pictures of his beautifully restored 1661 Saltbox that was involved in the Revolutionary War. Completely painted inside and out with Old Village Paint!

The Pelatiah Leete House is one of the earliest surviving dwellings built in Guilford Connecticut in the early 18th century by Pelatiah Leete , the grandson of Guilford founder, and Connecticut governor, William Leete. It is one of only a handful of properties in Guilford that is included in the national register for historic places. In 1781, during the American Revolution, the Battle of the Leets Island was fought across the road from the house and it’s surviving 1705 barn and Simeon Leete, who lived in the house at the time with his wife and three small children, was mortally wounded near the conclusion of the battle. He was brought back to the house, where he died, at the age of 28, the following day. His grave stone is around the corner from the house, on land owned by the Leete family since 1661, and an annual celebration of his life is held every June on the Sunday nearest June 19, the anniversary of his death date. The Sixth Connecticut Regiment of the Continental Line performs musket drills and live firing at the event, which draws numerous neighbors and towns people.

The outside and much of the inside is painted with old Village Paint – New England Red Colour which they found to be a perfect match to the uncovered Colour.

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