The Jabez Bacon house has been owned by only four families in its 240 year history. Jabez Bacon was an 18th century merchant who amassed a fortune and built his house as a testament to his success. He raised nine children in this house and employed numerous servants, of whom one, Matthew Lyon, went on to become the only man to serve as the first U.S. Representative for three states: Vermont, Kentucky, and Arkansas. Daniel Curtiss, a 19th century entrepreneur and factory owner followed in Bacon’s footsteps. He employed Collis P. Huntington, who went on to find his fortune as a railroad man with the Central Pacific Railroad. The Marvin and Griswold families owned the place in the 20th century and into the 21st century. Perhaps because servants are no longer an integral part of running the property, they can’t claim any nationally-known illustrious personages, although Harlan Griswold did make his own kind of mark in the state of Connecticut through his innovative thinking at the Waterbury National Bank and the Council of Governments of the Central Naugatuck Valley, and as co-founder of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation.
This is a house that is remarkable for its elaborate architectural details, as well as for its fine state of preservation. Through the story of the house we can learn about the history of the town of Woodbury and of the culture and history of the United States.
At this site we will gather the information we have about the historic Jabez Bacon House and its neighbors in The Hollow, in Woodbury, Connecticut into one place.