Stanley-Whitman House

Stanley-Whitman House

Quick Facts

Location:
37 High Street, Farmington CT
Significance:
Collections related to Mende Africans
Designation:
National Historic Landmark
OPEN TO PUBLIC:
Yes

The Stanley-Whitman House dates from 1720 but incorporates earlier features typical of late-17th-century work. One of few surviving 17th- century frame houses in New England, it is a classic New England saltbox, with its typical long, sloping roof to the rear, central chimney, framed second-story overhang with pendants and diamond-paned sash windows.

The house is currently a museum, highlighting the town’s 18th- and 19th-century history, including three Amistad related items: a “Kitchen Directory,” stating which Mende were to perform which household tasks on certain days, a watercolor of “Josheph Cinquez” and a letter from the Mende to John Quincy Adams. Also in the museum’s collection are a canteen carved from a coconut shell (said to have been used on the Amistad) and a buttermold said to have been carved by Cinque.

This is just one of many places associated with the Amistad event.  To learn more about other places, please access the main Visit page of this itinerary.