The Stevens-Frisbie House, Cromwell

The Stevens-Frisbie House, Cromwell
– Daniel Sterner,

The town of Cromwell, located in Middlesex County, lies on the Connecticut River just north of Middletown. Originally part of the Mattabesset settlement, in 1651, the area became known as Middletown Upper Houses—being separated from Middletown by the Sebethe River. Settlers thrived in the area and, in 1851, incorporated, completing their separation from Middletown and forming the town of Cromwell. Named after Oliver Cromwell, an English military and political leader, the town today has two distinct historic districts, the Main Street Historic District and the Middletown Upper Houses Historic District. Both of these areas are on the National Register of Historic Places.


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Connecticut State Library Digital Collections. “Cromwell - WPA Architectural Survey,” 2013. Link.
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Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center,  University of Connecticut Libraries. “Finding Aid to the J. & E. Stevens Company Records,” 2016. Link.
“Photograph - General View of New England Brownstone Quarry, Cromwell,” Between  and 1909 1890. Connecticut History Online, Connecticut Historical Society. Link.


Beers, F. W. County Atlas of Middlesex, Connecticut: From Actual Surveys. New York, NY: F.W. Beers & Company, 1874. Link.
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Greater Middletown Preservation Trust, Judith Johnson, and William H. Tabor. The History and Architecture of Cromwell. Middletown,  CT: Greater Middletown Preservation Trust, 1980.