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Last week, I had the opportunity to visit my old employer. On my way home, I drove through the Naubuc Historic district. When I found the asset listing in the National Registry of Historic Places, I noticed that the district was called the “Naubuc Avenue-Broad Street Historic District.” Broad street is a road I sometimes took to avoid traffic, but that was Broad Street, east of Main Street. I never really drove west onto Broad Street from Main Street, because in order to continue north from that area, one has to merge back onto Main Street. Since I had the time, I thought I’d give it a look.
I found a few more nice examples of the historic homes that were listed in the NRHP nomination form. As has been the case with this particular form, there wasn’t much information beyond what can be used for a caption. Still, I think I found a few interesting doors.
Several readers asked questions about Captain Leonard Fox. I thought that I would try to find some additional information about him, especially since at least five of the properties in the registry are identified as the “so-and-so Fox house.” Unfortunately, I didn’t find much information beyond the fact that he operated a small fleet of cargo ships out of Keeney Cove.
On my way home, I spotted a small sign for “Old South Cemetery” while waiting at a construction zone. I decided to make a short detour. I found Leonard Fox, and a few of his family members. Although they are not doors, I decided to include a few of those pictures in today’s gallery.
I did find a very sad story about a descendant of Captain Fox. Harriet Leonard Hale Fox, who drowned at the Wethersfield Ferry on August 6th, 1856. There is a picture of Harriet in the gallery. I found this picture in numerous places on the Internet, but I think they all copied it from a wonderful blog post about her life and death. As I don’t like to copy from other blogs, I’m providing a link to that story. If you’re a history buff, you will find it fascinating.
This may end my review of the Naubuc Avenue and Broad Street historic district. A few remaining doors may find there way into a “leftovers” post, but I think I’ll be moving on next week.
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