ROCKVILLE 'S WALKING TOURS
WALKING TOUR A
Rockville's remaining nineteenth century
mill buildings span the century from 1834 to 1906 This picturesque group of
three mills, located on the second and third water privileges, marks the
transition to masonry construction that occurred in the 1860s. These mills
were originally powered by a huge water wheel 55 feet in diameter.
- 1. Belding Silk Mills (1867 and
1890), now Amerbelle Corp.
- 2. Samuel Fitch's Mill (1865) now,
Daniels Management, Inc.
- 3. Dart Stone Mill (1868), now
- Middle Road walkway, bordered by an
original iron fence, leads to the center of the former City of Rockville.
- 4. St. Bernard Church (1905).
The Talcott Park Neighborhood:
Elm Street, Park Street, and one block
of Prospect Street surround this small city park. The houses represent a
variety of Victorian architectural styles ranging from early nineteenth
century Greek Revival through the Gothic and Italianate styles down to the
high Victorian eclecticism of the 1880s and 1890s. Here on narrow city lots
adjacent to the downtown, the mill owners chose to build their stately homes.
The neighborhood still retains a remnant of its late nineteenth century
- 5. Rockville High School (1892) and
East School (1870).
- 6. James I. Regan House (1860), 60
- 7. Phineas Talcott Homestead (1846),
68-70 Prospect St.
- 8. Arthur T. Bissell House (1880), 74
- 9. George Sykes House (1893), 76
- 10. Charles Phelps House (1905),1
Ellington Ave. Architect: Hartwell, Richardson & Driver, Boston, MA
- 11. #10 and #12 Ellington Ave. (both
1885), Architect: Palliser, Palliser & Co., Bridgeport, CT.
- 12. Francis T. Maxwell House (1904)
Gardens facing Ellington Ave. Architect: Charles A. Platt, New York City.
- 13. Caleb Tefft House (1848), 60 Elm
- 14. David Sykes House (1901), 37 Elm
- 15. Elbridge K Leonard House (1892),
30-32 Elm Street. Architect: J. Henry McCray, Rockville, CT
Downtown and Central Park:
In this area eight buildings dating from
1867 through 1904 survive. Grouped together adjacent to Central Park, they
present a pleasing and harmonious streetscape. Similar in scale, design, and
period of construction, they are a reminder of the wealth the woolen industry
produced and an expression of Rockville's nineteenth century aspirations to
become one of the leading cities in the state.
- 16. Rockville National Bank (1889),
now Union Church Annex.
- 17. Union Congregational Church
(1889) Architect: Warren K. Hayes; Minneapolis, MN
- 18. Citizens Block (1879) Architect:
S.W. Lincoln; Hartford, CT
- 19 Methodist Episcopal Church (1867),
now the Senior Citizen's Center.
- 20. Memorial Building (Town Hall)
(1889) Architect: Richmond & Seabury; Springfield, MA
WALKING TOUR B
Downtown West: Begin Tour B
- 21. Fitch Block (1889).
- 22. William and Alice Maxwell House
(1905), now Rockville General Hospital. Architect: Charles A. Platt; New
York City. 23. George Maxwell Memorial Library (1904), (Architect: Charles
- 24. I. Kellogg House, now Verville
This street was developed during the
Civil War expansion period, 1860-1875. Of the original two blocks, one has
been lost to the growth of Rockville General Hospital; the remaining block of
thirty-seven houses remains intact. Historically the street has strong ethnic
associations. It was settled when German immigrants were just beginning to
come to Rockville to work in the woolen mills. On Village Street one could
find stores which catered to German tastes, social halls with facilities for
flourishing German societies, and several convivial lager beer saloons. The
multi-family homes, owned and occupied by the workers in the woolen mills
created a dense and lively urban community in the midst of what had previously
been a rural New England village.
- 25. Turn Halle (1897), now the PAC
- 26. Brautigum House (ca. 1850), 38
- 27. Erhardt Linck's Hall (1862), 62
- 28. 70 Village St. (ca.1865), typical
example of multi-family housing
- 29. William Randall House and Store
(ca. 1865), 72 Village St.
- 30. Otto Schrier House (ca. 1875), 77
- 31. Chauncey Winchell Jr House
(1882), 103 Village St.
West Main Street:
This neighborhood remains as a record of
how the village might have looked when this really was Rockville's single main
street. The river, the mills, the houses of mill owners and workers; the
buildings that housed the stores, the restaurants, the saloons; all are .
represented. Most date from 1830 up to the Civil War period. The cluster of
houses near the Springville Mill and New England Yard i recall the 1830s when
the only settlement in this area was the mills and buildings housing the
owners and workers, surrounded on all sides by the forest.
- 32. George Sykes House (first) (ca.
1875), 7 Orchard St.
- 33. Hockanum Mills (1849 and 1881),
now Shepard Plumbing Supply.
- 34. Saxony Mill (1836), now
- 35. Chauncey Winchell Homestead
(1830),174 W. Main St.
- 36. Alonzo Bailey House (1837),162 W
- 37. Springville Mill and Offices
(1886 and 1909), now Springville, Apartments.
- 38. Florence Mill (1864), now
Florence Mill apartments
- 39. Henry Huhnken's Saloon (ca 1850),
now Olde Rockville Tavern.
- 40. New England Yard (1837 through
1885), now Linden Place. A representative collection of mill buildings and
housing once associated with the New England Company. Further information
on individual buildings may be obtained from A Survey of the Architectural
and Cultural Resources of Vernon, Connecticut, Volume I, on file at the
Rockville Public Library and the: Vernon Historical Society Museum.
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