Overview

Calkinstown Road runs in an easterly direction from Gay Street (Route 41) to the junction of White Hollow Road (the Lime Rock Road). The earliest reference to the road appears in the town record of land transfers in 1780 when Stephen Calkin, Sr., the original owner of home lot #31 (and #35), granted “40 acres including the house and barn where I now live” to Amos Clakin. In the description he refers to a “boundry line running west by the highway that goes by my house.”

The term Calkinstown describes the area of about a mile along that highway where Lt. Stephen Calkin’s home was built and James Calkin built and about 1/5th of a mile around the bend of the road toward West Cornwall where Amos Calkin built what seems to be the last of the Calkins’ houses in 1808.

 

Older Homes in the Area

Wooden frame house was built by Amos Calkin, a son of Lt. Stephen Calkin, around 1808, after purchasing “two acres near the Methodist Meeting House.” The original Sharon home lot #53, neighboring this property, is described as a Ministry Lot.” Owned by Otto Roeski in 1985.

This bungalow-style, wood shingled house was built by John B. Smith in 1902. Smith also built a Creamery building which he later sold to Sharon-Elgin Creamery. In 1907 the property and buildings were sold to the Connecticut Advent Christian Church, which used the house as a place of worship until 1927, when it was reconverted into a dwelling. Richard Weinart owned the home in 1985.

This wooden frame house – now shingled – was built by James Calkin sometime between 1802 (when he purchased the land from Samuel Roberts, Esq.) and 1838 (when Ira Williams purchased it). Owners in 1985, Rinaldo and Diane Frattollilo.

Wooden frame house built in the mid-eighteenth century by Stephen Calkin, Jr. on “land I purchased of my father, Stephen Calkin.” A Federal style kitchen was added later by a Calkins family-owner or Ira Williams’ family owner, who purchased the farm in 1833. Williams is for whom Williams Road is named. 1985 owners- Mr & Mrs. Leigh Miller.

The Sharon town records suggest that this wooden frame house was the home of Lt. Stephen Calkin, Sr. According to Sedgwick’s History of Sharon 1842, Calkin came to Sharon from Lebanon, Connecticut, and was one of the town’s original proprietors, drawing home lot #31 in 1739, later purchasing home lot #35 from his brother Samuel, and the “east half of home lot #30? from Bezaleel Tyler, Jr. in 1760. This house was built on the Tyler land. Calkinstown is said to be named for Lt. Calkins’ and his seven Stephen, Joseph, Elijah, Timothy, Amos, Justus, and David. David Allen owned the home in 1985.

Two-story wooden frame house built around 1900 by George E. Gager. Owned in 1985 by L. Selina Smith and J. Margaret Malcolm.

Wooden frame house built around 1846 by Charles S. White. In the 1920’s the house was owned by the Spence School (a NYC Prep School for youngladies). Owned in 1985 by Hamilton W. Wright.

Center hall, two-story frame house is a classic example of the New England farmhouse that was built from the early 18th century well into the 19th century. It was built by George Olmstead sometime between 1826 and 1830. Owned by Ashton H. Baker in 1985.

Large wooden frame Colonial Revival house was built around 1925 by Edward D. Thurston, Jr. on the “Home Farm” of the Ezra Bartram family. Its present owner is Barclay Prindle.

Center hall, wooden frame Federal style house is a distinguished example of the architecture of this period, with its characteristic Palladian window above the entrance portico and fan lights high in the gable at either end of the house. Owned by Sleila White Blake in 1985.

This house is actually two houses. The earliest wooden frame portion may have been occupied by Ezra or David Sanford (1790-94), the first owners for which town records show a dwelling. The brick portion was built by Captain Hiram Weed, a sucessful real estate and foundry man. The front south portion of the house served as an eight bed hospital, the precursor of the present Shaorn Hospital, under the direction of Dr. Jerome S. Chaffee and two nurses.

This interesting three-story, wood framed Greek Revival was built by Cpatain Hiram Weed. There was also a store here which was operated by Elisha Knight and his partner Henry M. Gillette. The store’s scales were used to weigh the ore for Captain Weed’s Blast Furnace. In 1860 the Gillette brothers moved the business to Main Street. Matlida M. Armstrong owned the house in 1985.