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This Old House Making Its Debut

The Bradley-Hubbell House has been sitting beside Black Rock Turnpike for almost 200 years, just another home to be admired from the road. But this Sunday, thanks to the Easton Historical Society and the help of restoration experts, it will be open to public tours.

"My vision is for this house to be the museum it was meant to be," said Historical Society president Lisa Burghardt. Today, every detail of the home, from the rope molding to the stone fireplaces, has a story to tell.

Aljah Bradley, his wife Elizabeth Dimon Bradley and their eight children had the home built in 1816, when Black Rock Turnpike  was a dirt road, the Aspetuck Reservoir was a river and where pine trees now stand along the water was once farm fields. The Hubbell family came along in 1917 and added features like running water to the kitchen.

The house, located at 535 Black Rock Turnpike, was turned over to the Historical Society by the Bridgeport Hydraulic Co. Experts have done research to try to restore the house to what it would have been like for the Bradleys and Hubbells. The salmon and blue paints on the doors and molding match the original colors.

The house sports period furniture, from antique chairs to a desk with hidden compartments for secret documents. A tour will show a day in the life of the former occupants, from what they ate to what they wore.

The old barn at the back of the property is filled with a collection of antique hand tools owned by Harry Audley, who knows how to use each. A re-creation of the Hubbell’s flower garden sits beside the home.

Although the house has been open from time to time for school children, this will be the first time it has ever been completely open to the public. Burghardt says it will be open on about four more occasions this summer.

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