The Stratford Historical Society
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The Glebe House in Woodbury Tour
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Visiting Woodbury
(Story by Dolores Hoctor, Photos by Pam Hutchinson)

      Set in the picturesque Litchfield Hills of historic Woodbury's village center, the Glebe House Museum offers visitors a glimpse of Revolutionary War-era Connecticut. The 18th century Georgian house is furnished as the home of the Reverend John Rutgers Marshall, John, his wife Sarah, his nine children, and three slaves (who) lived in the "glebe" (parsonage of the Episcopal Church) during the turmoil of the American War for Independence. The Museum collection includes many pieces of 18th Century Woodbury furniture."
      One early August morning a group of nine Stratford Historical Society docents, Jeanette Caron, Shirley Clevenger, Barbara Firisin, Dolores Hoctor, Pam Hutchinson, Judy Kurmay, Christine Lesko, Gail Liscio and Carolyn Shannon journeyed forth to view another historic house with a story of its own.
      It wasn't only the Glebe House that attracted the group to Woodbury, but also that town's connection to Stratford that goes back to the mid seventeenth century when a number of families left Stratford for Woodbury over a religious dispute within the Congregational Church called the Half-Covenant involving the sacrament of Holy Communion. With approval from the colonial authorities they set out to carve a new community in the wilds of Connecticut to the north.
      (See Wilcoxson, Howard. The History of Stratford 1639 - 1969, Brewer-Borg Corp., Bridgeport, CT, 1940Chapter 9 "Ecclesiastical Troubles 1665 - 1670" pp. 149-167 and Chapter 10 "The Woodbury Planters" pp. 168-175)
      (See Knapp, Lewis. In Pursuit of Paradise - history of the Town of Stratford, Connecticut, Phoenix Publishing, Kennebunkport, Maine, 1989 pp. 34-37)