Located on 535 Black Rock Road, Bradley-Hubbell House is a landmark in Easton, CT.
Built in 1816, the Bradley-Hubbell House in Easton preserves 19th century farm life in Connecticut. This Colonial style home has a traditional center-chimney plan with some Federal-style ornaments, such as a parlor mantel and rope molding on the stairs. The Bradley-Hubbell House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.
Aljah and Elizabeth Bradley lived in this home when it was built and their descendants eventually sold the home to the Bridgeport Hydraulic Company in 1912. This company flooded most of the farmland for a reservoir and then leased the house one of its employees, Franklin Hubbell.
Franklin Hubbell, who planted apple orchards, sold his apples at what today is the Aspetuck Valley Apple Barn.
The history of the farm has been revealed with two memoirs found from each "era" of the house. Aljah and Elizabeth Bradley's son, John Dimon Bradley, wrote about life on the farm during the 19th century. A journal by Franklin Hubbell's daughter, Patricia, was also found, and provided a look into her life from 1932 to 1954.
The Historical Society of Easton acquired the home in 1999 and spent 11 years restoring it to its most original state. The home opened to the public in 2010, where visitors can see original furniture and objects from the 1700s - 1800s. There are even displays to show what clothing the Bradley family would have worn.
A flax garden was introduced in 2012 to show visitors how 19th century farmers would grow their own plants for thread.
About Easton Town
Easton is a small rural community in Fairfield County, CT. Until 1845 when it was incorporated, the town used to be part of Weston. The area developed rather slowly because of the rough landforms along the Aspetuck River; this made farming difficult and slowed the transportation, there was no railroad built in Easton. The only type of industry that existed in this small town is a button factory. Today, the Aquarion Water Company of Connecticut, the biggest water supplier in the area, owns half the property in town.
This small town has only three named neighborhoods: Easton Center, Aspetuck and Plattsville. Close to the “Gold Coast” of Connecticut and New York City, the town of Easton offers an amazing and unique rural lifestyle. With lots of open spaces, fields, and farm stands, the area is a perfect match for people who enjoy the countryside atmosphere. The town is wonderful for people who like spending time in the outdoors as it has several lakes and ponds, and miles of hiking and nature trails to explore and enjoy.
The town of Easton has one of the best school systems in the state, with schools that constantly rank 10% to 20% higher than other Connecticut schools. Surrounded by Redding, Monroe, Trumbull, and Newtown, the town of Easton has stunning landscape and scenery, with large open spaces, and beautiful woods that blend perfectly with the charming antique homes. Easton is a small and beautiful residential town that offers a very cozy and rural community lifestyle.