The Oliver Ellsworth Homestead is a focal point in historic Windsor, Connecticut. Situated on Palisado Avenue, the Homestead is a stunning example of authentic colonial architecture, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks. Oliver Ellsworth was a prominent Connecticut attorney and judge, one of the first US senators from Connecticut, and a drafter of the US Constitution.
The House was built by Oliver and his wife Abigail about 1780. Matthies Hall was built in the 1930’s. The House is open seasonally as a museum, featuring early American art and artifacts, and Ellsworth Family memorabilia. Matthies Hall was designed and donated as a rustic but versatile meeting space, and has been in continuous use for meetings and events since its building.
The original House was designed by local Windsor architects. Oliver and Abigail raised their seven children in the House, which stayed in the family continuously until given to the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1903.
The House exhibits the typical building styles, rambling additions and early American windows, foundations, fireplaces, and even a privy.
The House and grounds exude the warmth and charm of the early American period. A spectacular grape arbor, stunning shingled roofs, and a large circular gravel driveway enhance the charm of the setting.