An historic Ridgefield Rd. home that played a part in the events of the Battle of Ridgefield 240 years ago, that also has ties to several prominent Wilton families dating back centuries, is for sale. Known as Middlebrook Farm, the six-bedroom, five-bathroom home is priced at $1,800,000.
According to an excerpt of Bob Russell‘s defining book about Wilton history, that was recently posted on the Wilton Historical Society’s website, the house was one of several where British troops stopped during their march south along Ridgefield Rd. on April 28, 1777. Samuel Middlebrook owned the home at the time, and fled with his wife and children just before British soldiers entered their home. The damage inflicted by the Brits during their stay: a large mirror was broken and the redcoats “drained a hogshead of rum.”
Built around 1727 by Nathan and Mary Belden Betts, the house was later acquired by Michael Middlebrook in 1752. The listing for the house states that the home’s living room was actually the town Tavern from 1734-1739. The property stayed in the Middlebrook family for six generations until 1961, and the home’s plaque identifies it as the ninth oldest home in Wilton.
The listing describes the home as a “lovingly maintained and restored landmark so close to town and train.” It notes that all upgrades have been ” tastefully done with the utmost quality in mind,” including custom designed Klaff’s kitchen cabinetry and honed granite counters and chef’s grade appliances, and that the house’s open layout makes it so easy to enjoy & entertain in this home from cozy family dinners to extensive holiday gatherings.
There are four working fireplaces, and a beehive oven in the dining room fireplace to make pizza! There is also a working elevator, central air and a wood roof.