COVID-19 UPDATE: THE HANDY HOUSE IS CURRENTLY CLOSED TO VISITORS. HOWEVER YOU CAN WALK THE HANDY HOUSE HERITAGE TRAIL INSTEAD! LEARN MORE HERE.
The Westport Historical Society invites you to visit the circa 1713 Handy House, located at 202 Hix Bridge Road, open every Saturday from July 7 through to the end of October. This architectural marvel will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
Continue to click through the pages to learn more about this special house as well as upcoming events to be held there.
Admission is free. The Handy House is located at 202 Hix Bridge Road, Westport.
In many ways, the home on Hix Bridge Road will be a unique experience for visitors, quite unlike what some may expect when visiting a historic house.
Far from being an overly restored historic house frozen in time, the Handy House will provide the visitor with an experience of discovery. The public will not encounter rooms full of rare and valuable antiques, but instead, experience ever-changing “windows” into the town’s past.
The Handy House has been left mostly unfurnished so that visitors can view the walls, floors, windows, doors, hinges, moldings, plaster, and other parts of its structure. Inside, visitors can discover the secrets of this architectural marvel that includes an 18th century house buried within a Georgian style house from 1790, buried within a Federal-style 1830s structure.
For those who are curious to know what lies behind the shingles, beneath the plaster, under the floor boards, or for those who want to try to solve the secrets of this architectural puzzle, we have opened “windows” in the walls and floors that contain the keys to evolution of the house.
The Handy House is not the home of a famous person – George Washington did not sleep here! Yet the stories of the people who lived in the house provide an extraordinary look into a world of ordinary lives of Westporters otherwise lost to history. Visitors will discover how the residents shaped the house and how they were changed by the world around them.