Please join the wonderful staff of the all-volunteer Woodbridge and Amity Historical Society who will turn back time and turn the Thomas Darling House into a tradition tavern from the 1800's!
Guests will enjoy hearth cooking, including seasonal selections, fresh brewed ale and wine, scrumptious breads and desserts, live music and great company.
The Thomas Darling House is located at 1907 Litchfield Turnpike in Woodbridge, Connecticut. Built for Thomas Darling (1720-1789) between 1772 and 1774, this highly significant Colonial Cape is historically important for its extended association with the Darling family and its preservation as a house museum by the Amity and Woodbridge Historical Society. Thomas Darling, a New Haven merchant and a member of the colonial elite, was a chief magistrate and a deputy to the General Assembly, as well as Judge of the County Probate Court. A graduate of Yale and licensed to preach (but never ordained), he was a tutor to the class of 1746. As an agent of Benjamin Franklin, Darling is credited with bringing the first printing press to New Haven. He married Abigail Noyes, the daughter of the Reverend Joseph Noyes, the "Old Light" preacher of First Church in New Haven, where Darling was a member until he joined the Amity parish church in 1782, two years before the town was incorporated. The property passed down through a number of generations of the family and several were prominent in more local civic affairs including his son, Thomas, Jr., (1752-1815), who served as a town selectman and magistrate, and Thomas IV, who represented the town in the state legislature in the 1890s. In 1973 the contents of the house was left to the historical society by Miss Berenice Baldwin, the stepdaughter in the last family owner, and the 118-acre property is now owned by the Town of Woodbridge.
The successful bidder will receive written confirmation and/or a certificate for the item.
- Good for Spring (May) or Fall (Nov) Tavern Night in 2018.
- Certificate will not be replaced if lost or stolen.
- Certificate has no cash value.
- Certificate needs to be surrendered at the time of the visit.