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Monroe Historians Horrified By Loss Of Historic Home

Local historians are aghast at the loss of an historic home at 181 Hammertown Road in Monroe, Conn. The house, built in the 1700s, is said to have links to the Underground Railroad. It was destroyed by fire in late November.
Local historians are aghast at the loss of an historic home at 181 Hammertown Road in Monroe, Conn. The house, built in the 1700s, is said to have links to the Underground Railroad. It was destroyed by fire in late November. Photo Credit: Provided/Monroe Fire Department

MONROE, CONN. – Monroe historians are bemoaning the loss of a 1700s saltbox home in a recent fire, according to a report in the Monroe Courier.

The Hammertown Road house belonged to John Selk, president of the local historical society, and his wife. It is said to have had links to the Underground Railroad.

Selk was at home at the time of the early morning fire, but escaped unharmed, according to media reports.

Fire officials have blamed electrical wiring for the November blaze.

Town Historian Ed Coffey, referring to the structure -- one of the oldest in the community, called its loss “dreadful,” according to the Courier.

For the full Courier story, click here .

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