The Feake-Ferris House is...
The OLDEST house of Greenwich.
UNIQUE, in that it is on its original site.
On the site of the FIRST house in Greenwich.
Among the oldest houses in America.
Saved from demolition and undergoing restoration by the Greenwich Point Conservancy under a Strategic Alliance Agreement.
Will be open to the public on a limited basis after completion of the restoration ( Like Philip Johnson's Glass House in New Caanan and The Brant Foundation Barn in Conyers Farm).
The FEAKE-FERRIS HOMESTEAD
- Jeffrey Ferris purchased the Elizabeth Winthrop Feake/ Hallet “manor” in 1653, including lands and homestead, when Ferris was age 43 (the homestead was constructed as the first house in Greenwich in 1640).
- The purchase included “Elizabeth’s Neck”, upon which the Feake/ Hallet home existed, which is now known as Greenwich Point.
- Ferris died in 1666 at age 56.
- The Feake-Ferris Homestead passed to his sons upon his death, and was occupied by son James.
- In 1688 the Ferris property was partitioned among his sons, with James taking title to the house/ home lot.
- In 1689-1690 James substantially rebuilt the house, which stands intact today.
- In 2015 a dendrochronology analysis dated the existing house to 1689 and the summer beam in the basement to 1640.
- House thought to have been damaged by British cannon fire during Revolutionary War and repaired using original timbers.
- Later 20th century modifications, which will be removed.