SOUTHINGTON - The historic Jonathan Root Home, which belonged to one of the townâ€™s original settlers, has been purchased and is being renovated for lease as a professional office space.
According to property transfer documents in the Town Clerkâ€™s Office, the 2,300-square-foot building located at 142 N. Main St. was purchased for $265,000 in March from lawyer Bryan Meccariello by brothers Chris and Nicholas Robertson.
The brothers have indicated that they will be doing structural repairs before leasing it out. Meccariello previously purchased the building in 1995.
Town historian Phil Wooding said the building is recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. He added that he hopes that the Robertson brothers will appreciate the â€śimportance and significance of the house and the Root family in regards to the history of Southingtonâ€ť and that they will be conscientious stewards of the structure.
â€śJonathan Root was born in 1707 and died in 1794; he built the home in 1720,â€ť said Wooding. â€śThe house is the oldest still existing house in the heart of the 18th century Southington center, which included the Town Green, Berlin Avenue, Main Street and North Main Street. The Root family is just as historic as the house is.â€ť
Wooding said that Rootâ€™s family was one of the first to move to Southington after Samuel Woodruff moved his wife and children to the new area that he had explored in 1698. Rootâ€™s home was also used as a tavern and a meeting place for town meetings and members of the local parish.
â€śJonathan Root was an active advocate for independence from England,â€ť Wooding added. â€śThe early seeds of colonial independence were sown at meetings held at his home. He helped to devise means to protect and advance colonial interests that eventually brought about the Revolutionary War.â€ť
Root was one of five selectmen appointed Nov. 11 1779, the same year that Southington officially broke away from Farmington and was established as a separate town. In 1780, General George Washington visited the home according to Heman R. Timlowâ€™s â€śHistory of Southingtonâ€ť, a book published in 1875.
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