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Capt. John Selby House

627 Stratford Avenue, Stratford, , 06615 , Dated Posted: November 27, 2015


Circa 1765

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On the National Register of Historic Places, the Capt. John Selby house is being listed for the first time in a quarter century. Overlooking the Housatonic River from Bond’s Dock in Stratford, CT, this is a wonderful home for boaters, bird-watchers, nature and history lovers. See Bald Eagles, Osprey, migratory birds. House is timber-framed with high ceilings on the first floor and many original features including some feather edge paneling, original wide board wood floors in several rooms, two chimneys and two (possibly three) working fireplaces, one with a woodstove hookup, three bedrooms, 1.5 baths, dining and living rooms, den, full basement with laundry area, large back porch overlooking substantial backyard with views of both the river and the Shakespeare Theatre. Originally with a gambrel roof, the roof was reconfigured in the early 1800’s by ship’s captain John Selby to provide more upstairs space. In the late 18th Century, Capt. Selby kept his mahogany sailing ship at the wharf now called Bond’s Dock a few yards down the street. He lived in the house from around 1790, and his daughters lived there for many years after. For a time Selby, who was involved in trade between the Caribbean and Connecticut, ran a tavern in the house. Legend has it he was also a pirate around the beginning of the 19th century. He was a featured character in the play, Stratford Characters. Located across the street is a marina and nearby are two boat clubs, and the soon-to-be reopened Shakespeare Theatre. Great for commuters to NYC. Walk or bike to train station, beaches, library, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Audubon, grocery, restaurants and more. Quiet, family friendly neighborhood. House recently renovated with new roof shingles, wood siding, insulation, newly plastered and painted inside. Large yard, full basement. City gas heat and cooking, city water and septic.

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