Category Archives: Longmeadow

Old Town Hall, Longmeadow (1900)

Longmeadow has had a number of town halls over the years. The building known as the Old Town Hall (pdf), at 417 Longmeadow Street, was built in 1900 and served as the town’s Second District school, then as the Town Office, and then as an American Legion Hall. Today, it is a general multi-purpose use building owned by the town.

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Cooley-Eveleth House (1827)

After his first home in Longmeadow burned, Calvin Cooley built a new brick house on the same site, 418 Longmeadow Street, in 1827. Calvin Cooley’s eldest son, James, became a lawyer and in 1826 was sent by Henry Clay, president John Quincy Adams’ Secretary of State, to Lima, Peru as charge d’affaires, where he died several months later. Another son, Alford Cooley, married Caroline Bliss Saxton Cooley in 1833. Their daughter, Caroline L. Cooley Eveleth, later lived in the house with her husband. The Cooley-Eveleth House has a rear wing added in the 1930s.

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The Bliss-Colton House (1790)

The Bliss-Colton House, at 1077 Longmeadow Street in Longmeadow, was built in 1790 for Aaron Bliss (1730-1810), who married Miriam Colton in 1754. One of their sons, Aaron Bliss, Jr., was in Capt. David Burt’s company of minutemen from Longmeadow who marched to Boston on April 20, 1775. Aaron Bliss, Jr. died during the Revolutionary War, on June 25, 1776. The house was later owned by Alvah Colton.

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The Capt. Gideon Colton House (1794)

Built around 1794-1796, the house of Capt. Gideon Colton is a Federal-style residence at 1028 Longmeadow Street in Longmeadow. It was constructed with beams cut from trees on the Colton property. When the house was photographed in 1934 for the Historic American Buildings Survey, it still displayed the later additions of a balustrade on the roof and an elaborate entry portico, which have since been removed.

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Richard Salter Storrs Library (1932)

In 1907, Sarah Williams Storrs, who lived in the former home of her grandfather, Rev. Richard Salter Storrs in Longmeadow, left the house and $5000 to the town to establish a library in memory of her grandfather. The house contained the library into the 1930s, expanding to a second building to the rear in 1916. In 1932, through the efforts of the private nonprofit library corporation and the Town of Longmeadow, a new Richard Salter Storrs Library building was opened. The house, which had previously occupied the site of the new Library, was moved to a new location, just to the south. The Georgian Revival-style Library was restored and expanded in 1989.

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The Captain David Burt House (1725)

Originally a center-chimney house, built in 1725, the Captain David Burt House is considered to be one of Longmeadow’s oldest houses. The center chimney was destroyed in a fire in the nineteenth century and replaced by a central staircase and two smaller chimneys. The side wings were also added later.

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797 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow (1833)

Records give a date of 1833 to the house at 797 Longmeadow Street in Longmeadow. The Georgian-style house, said to have been built by Justin Colton for his father, Asa Colton, is most likely older. In 1921, it was acquired and renovated by George and Margaret Adams and from 1940 to 1958, the house served as a tea room known as “The Old House on the Green.” The front porch has since been enclosed.

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