The Elijah Lewis house was built in the time period from 1780-90. It is located on 1 Mountain Spring Road, Farmington Ct. The person who built this is Judah Woodruff, who also built the first church in Farmington and many other houses. It was built for Elijah Lewis. He originally had the house on 738 Farmington Ave. He owned a store selling and fixing clocks. The house was turned a quarter of a rotation to the left so that the house faced the north, in 1997. It was also moved 200 feet north, so that it is now on 1 Mountain Spring Road. Today the house is maintained as a historical landmark, while functions as a principle residence. It was used as an Underground Railroad stop during the and before the Civil War. At this stop slaves were fed, and clothed, as well as protected. The chimney was used as the entrance to the “hidy-hole.” The entrance was a large rock that could be moved located at the base of the chimney. The chimney is in the dining room located in the north of the house. Another place that was used as a special access points for slaves was a cupboard in between the fireplace in the living room and the front of the staircase where the stairs divide allowed for a long narrow passage to the rear of the house without accessing the bedrooms. This kind of creativity and wonderful architecture was something way ahead of its time. During the revolutionary war Elijah was a quartermaster and later was a farmer. Before this however he was born in 1811 and grew up in the town of Granby. His was name Mary Washburn who was also born in Granby. There is no way of knowing how many fleeing slaves went through his house, but there is a definite that this house saved many lives. Also because Elijah is from Granby there is a strong possibility that he later sent slaves through Suffield or close to Suffield.
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