Tolland Green House Tour - 200 years of Architecture

Tolland Inn on Tolland Green
8am. Camera in one hand - coffee in the other. I am up early before work so I can take part in Julia's Hooked on House Tours Blog Party. I have always been an Antique House enthusiast, having lived in an 1855 colonial for many years. Unfortunately, I didn't have the opportunity to see the interiors of these architectural beauties but several of the owners did come out to say hello. This is Tolland Green, in Tolland, CT. I live about a mile North and never tire of driving through this historic piece of history on my way home every day. The architecture spans two hundred years with one gorgeous home following another on a long expanse of green. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
P.S. The green Craftsman Style home below will soon be on the market I'm told - 5 bedrooms, 5 fireplaces - it's a beauty!

Primitive 1700s Saltbox Cape

The Candy Store

Hip Roof Colonial, Federal, Early 1900s Bungalow, Victorian

Colonial Farmhouse with Porch

Hicks-Stearns Family Museum

1800s Italianate House with Terrace

Gothic Dutch Colonial with Porch

Old Maple Tree on Tolland Green

Arts & Crafts Style Home

Arts Center, Town Hall, Old County Jail & Museum

Queen Anne Colonial with Porch

Saltbox, 1800s Colonial, 1700s Dutch Colonial, 1800s Colonial

Federal Colonial & Church

Quarry Stone Sidewalks

Meeting Hall, Church Steeple

Antique Cape & Garden

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The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

What a darling town! I love the old trees in front of the saltbox.
Those sidewalks, wow!
I love how they put the bunting underneath the windows on the one, (candystore?) Maybe I'll try that next year!
Thanks for the tour,

Mrs.RGS said...

I live in the Pacific NW where everything was built yesterday so your tour of homes that were built before Lewis and Clark stumbled along our paths was a real treat for me. What a great place to live.

Bella said...

I love that neighborhood! Even love the sidewalks!

I would love to see the inside of that Italianite home!

Thanks for the beautiful tour....come take a peek at my Open House if you get a chance, thanks!

Nice to meet you,

High Desert Diva said...

I love the look of old homes, but after having lived in one for 17 years...have to say...I sure don't miss the constant upkeep!

springtreeroad said...

oh. they are all. so. beautiful.

and they look like a lot of the houses here in NE TN!

so beautiful.

The Summer Kitchen Interiors said...

Marie Louise - we couldn't tell you which one we loved more! We ARE disappointed that you didn't knock on those homes doors at 8am to get pictures inside though....!!! Connecticut is a beautiful state. The homes there are so charming and nestled in such lush greenery. My husband's aunt & uncle and cousins use to live there and we'd always stop in to visit. I always loved it when we'd go - we even made it to the Gillette Castle one time - now that's an unusual house tour we'll have to take next time!!
Thanks for getting up early this morning for us - we enjoyed it thoroughly!
Karla & Karrie

Lydee said...

wonderful! so glad you decided to share the house tour with us!

Abbreviated said...

Some of you guys are giving town tours !

Thanks for the tour !

Hooked on Houses said...

I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this tour. These houses are gorgeous! I kept thinking, "That one's my favorite." Then, "No, that one is!"

I think the Tolland Inn at the top of the post looks a little like the house on my blog party button!

The saltbox from the 1700s is adorable, especially with the old flag hanging from the door and the way it has those two old trees on either side. Beautiful.

I love the porch on that colonial farmhouse with the green door, too. Wow. I would love a porch like that. Why are builders so stingy with porches these days?

Thanks for joining the blog party! -Julia :-)

ROXY said...

Yippppeee for CT!!! A a CT resident I think you hit the nail right on the head!! Great home tour. One of my favorties!

Robin said...

So pretty, I feel like I was just there... Oh, wait, I was. The colonial with the gothic trim on the porch is still my fave.

Great pics - further proof that I need to get a new camera.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Thank you for including these gorgeous homes in Julia's tour. This has been absolutely delightful. I'd love to see these homes in person!

desiree said...

I lived in Connecticut for a bit and loved the homes. The styles are great, so classic! Wonderful photos.

Stephanie said...

What a fantastic tour! The richness and uniqueness of each home. I've NEVER been to Connecticut, would love to drive through this town and stop and have lunch under that beautiful tree.

Debbie said...

Thank you for taking us on such a beautiful stroll. I think I'll put my sneakers on and come back for a longer visit next time. This was so much fun!

ceekay said...

Thank you for stopping by and saying hi! Seeing all these houses is just too much fun!

Lisa Ann said...

What charming houses. Beautiful pics.
Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Thanks for coming by to see my master bedroom! This historical area you featured is JUST gorgeous! I love older homes & would love to live in one, but my hubby is not handy, so I think you have to have that to live in an older home. I adore them though, great job on the feature!


Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Ooo....eye candy alert! There are few things I love more than older homes. I can't get enough of them!

I've also been fascinated by saltbox-style homes and would love to "get to know them" more. I've only been in a couple (in Bucks County PA, on a house tour in fact) and I really love the look and feel.

Thanks for these lovely photos!

Fifi Flowers said...

Could you go back and knock on all those doors and snap at least ne shot in each... LOL... WOW... wonderful collection of homes! Thanks for the tour!

Angela said...

Speechless! History and beauty...

The Berry's Patch said...

I love old houses! Thanks for the tour! They are all beautiful and each have their own character.

rahd said...

As a former east coaster now living in California, that was such a treat. I feel like I just took a nice drive through the country.

I LOVE that fancy terrace on the Italianate. (And all the foliage is making me miss the east coast even more.)

Thanks for that great tour.

Tara (Random Acts of Home Decor)

The Lil Bee said...

The Gothic Dutch Colonial with Porch is my dream home. And I love that painting by Fifi Flowers!

Abbreviated said...

Thanks for the tour !

Ramona said...

Thank you visiting my home earlier today...and I am loving your tour. These homes make my heart go pitter ~ patter. We could switch "coasts" if you wish....thank you for sharing.

Smiles ~ Ramona

N said...

they all have so much character...and color, and personality. some of today's builders need to take a hint!

being from CT (shoreline), I love all is the true charm of the state.

thanks for sharing!

Ms. Tee said...

What a nice little town! I love that all the houses are different and unique. What a nice tour - thanks for sharing. :)

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Sandra Ree said...

It's so good to see you back! Loved these last two posts! And I love a Colonial style home, we live in a Ranch style home although I would prefer the Colonial. Lovely, lovely tour, Marie Louise!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

This is a beautiful area! I love older homes and the cozy feeling you get from them.
Thanks for the tour.

tinker said...

What a beautiful historic district! I can see why you love driving through there - what a view!

Esprit Classique said...

Magnifique !
C'est le genre de maisons et d'architecture qui me fait rêver !
Merci pour ces très belles photos0

Jan and Tom's Place said...

Lovely tour...thanks for letting me tag along!!


ps...thanks for the visit and your kind comments about my "BEFORES"

Wanderluster said...

What a darling area and a perfect place to drive by. I love all the different colours and the details. Thanks for sharing and thanks for dropping by my blog!

A World in a PAN said...

I live in a 1865 building in Paris and often with of what the walls would tell if they could speak!

Melissa said...

Marie Louise,

Thank you for stopping by Sunbonnet Cottage.

I came by to visit your blog and I must say that, I love it. You are so creative.

I hope we can visit again soon.

Sunbonnet Cottage

Elizabeth said...

I just love the beautiful old homes we have here in New England, with so many styles. I have family in Tolland and have seen some of these wonderfully restored places.

littlebyRD said...

Thanks for a wonderful tour! I was trying to pick a favorite and just liked too many of them. The Gothic Dutch Colonial with Porch though is sticking in my mind.

Sandra Ree said...

I adore these homes and love the old Maple Tree! Even though I didn't live for very long in the north, I still remember the sights! :)

Sandra Ree said...

I adore these homes and the old Maple tree! Even though I didn't live in the north for very long, I still remember the sights! :)

Joanne Kennedy said...

How fun! Your tour was lovely. I looked at each home and thought "I love that one the most" then I scrolled down and saw the next one and said "Oh no, I love that one the most".

I couldn't pick. They were all great. Loved the sidewalk shot too.

Thanks for taking us along on your walk.


kawaii crafter said...

Looking at all these houses made me smile. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

Carrie said...

Wonderful tour...I hope to visit that area and see these lovely examples of domestic architecture.
Thank you for stopping by my blog today and for your nice comment. Do come again.

Screaming Meme said...

Wow! I loved that tour! Thank you! I enjoyed it! Screaming Meme

Bespoke Press said...

What incredible buildings!! I love this style of architecture - I could so make myself at home in such a gorgeous area. You just don't get such divine buildings like this in Australia!

kimberlee said...

i love love loved this tour, THANK YOU! I miss seeing traditional american homes like these, we had a section in my hometown in minnesota where all the first mayo clinic doctors built their fabulous homes in the early 1900s, the area was suitably called "pill hill" (a pun on doctors & prescriptions, you get it right?) and the homes there are enough to make you weep for old times, sort of a collective nostalgia we americans have for times we never lived in.
I just never get that feeling here in NZ, I guess because I am still an american down deep. :)

hope you are having a fab day.

Anonymous said...

I live in the saltbox on Tolland green....nice time shoot the barn in back.

pve design said...

lovely tour and so glad that i did not even have to remove my shoes at the door.
you make me want to do a house tour to show on my blog of my neighborhood to show that "variety is the spice of life!"

Barbara said...

I love these houses. I stayed in a most beautiful house in Connecticut in 1988 and the lady of the house was a wonderful cook too.

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