2014 Holiday Tour Schedule
The 2014 Holiday Tour of the Hotchkiss House is scheduled for Saturday December 6 from 3pm to 7pm and on Sunday December 14 from 1pm to 5pm.
Please come and enjoy the house decorations, refreshments and the great conversations about the past of Prospect!
The Hotchkiss House
The Hotchkiss House in Prospect Connecticut was owned by the Hotchkiss family for over 160 years, housing three generations of the family before becoming the headquarters of The Prospect Historical Society. The original structure of the farmhouse was built by Frederick Hotchkiss for his son, David Miles Hotchkiss, in 1819. During his lifetime, David Miles Hotchkiss, a town selectman and abolitionist, conducted lessons for a boarding school, The Select Academy, in one of the upstairs rooms of the house. David Miles's tenth child, David Bryant Hotchkiss, inherited the home from his father upon his death in 1878. Three of David Bryant's children, his son, Treat, and two of his daughters, Ruth and Mabel, never married and resided in the house for the entirety of their lives.
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2014 Scholarship Recipient
The Prospect Historical Society is proud to announce that Angeline Rosato is the recipient of the 2014 Nellie and Ruth Cowdell Scholarship.
Ms. Rosato is a 2014 graduate from Woodland Regional High School and will be attending American University in Washington D.C. this fall. “The Nellie and Ruth Cowdell Scholarship would give me the financial means to pursue my passion of studying law,” Ms. Rosato wrote on her application.
While at Woodland Regional High School Ms. Rosato was on the Student Council; Class Office (Secretary); played Varsity Soccer, Basketball, and Track. She also achieved the National Honor Society and the Math Honor Society as well as participating in many activities and receiving many honors.
“My childhood has been the best possible,” Ms. Rosato wrote, “and I can only credit that to living in Prospect.”
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Treat, Ruth, and Mabel were the last of the Hotchkiss family to live in the house, and are well-remembered by long-time Prospect residents. After their deaths, the house was left to their nieces, Prospect residents Ruth and Nellie Cowdell. The Cowdell sisters sold the house and the surrounding property to the town of Prospect in 1980 and upon their deaths, the town received a bequest from the sisters for the upkeep of the house. The house was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.