KENT — As humans, we are innately curious about the past: We like to know where we come from, and what the lives of those who came before us were like.
The Northwest Corner is of Connecticut is steeped in historical relics of the past that provide insight into some of these questions. And on Nov. 9, the Kent Historical Society will hold a tour of historic houses featuring six privately owned homes in Kent that will be open for public viewing from noon to 4:30 p.m.
This will be society’s second tour of historic homes. After a successful first tour in 2017, which drew about 80 participants, the society decided it was again time to showcase more historically significant homes.
The participating residences were built at different times throughout Kent’s storied past, ranging from a pre-Revolutionary War home built prior to 1710, to a modern abode built in 1953. Though they range in era, style and architecture, all the homes have a common theme, “These houses are as much in their original state as possible with few alterations,” said KHS Interim President Jeff Morgan.
“They are relatively untouched,” Morgan said.
All the homes reflect a unique period in the history of Kent and America.
The house built prior to 1710 belongs to Morgan, and was not originally constructed at its current location.
“This house was built in Dover Plains, N.Y.,” Morgan said.
“It was carefully disassembled in 1999, put on a trailer and reassembled in Kent. The whole project was finished only about five years ago,” he explained of the museum-quality structure.
Another home included on the tour is a Victorian on North Main Street. Now known as the Kent Victorian Inn, its five guest rooms provide accommodations for out-of-town visitors. The impressive and ornate building was erected around 1860.
An old barn-turned-home is also on the tour route.
“It’s such a cool and unusual house,” said KHS Director Patrice Galterio.
Originally a dairy barn, it was converted into a residence in the 1970s.
Taking a barn and repurposing it as a dwelling, “demonstrates adaptive reuse as a preservation technique,” said Morgan.
“At each home, owners will be present to answer questions, along with a KHS volunteer,” said Galterio.
Tickets for the tour can be purchased in advance for $50 each at three locations in town: Heron American Craft Gallery, Kent Wine & Spirits and Terston. Buyers should take note that these retailers only accept cash or check for the purchase of tour tickets. For those wishing to pay by credit card, tickets are available on the KHS website at kenthistoricalsociety.org. Tickets purchased the day of the event at the door are $60 each.
On Nov. 9, participants will check in at Seven Hearths Museum, 4 Studio Hill Road, to receive their brochure, which contains a brief history of each home, and a map with addresses. All participants will provide their own transportation to each destination; there will not be any shuttles or buses.
All ticket proceeds benefit KHS, a non-profit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting Kent’s history.