Learn the Fascinating History of the Stanton House Inn

Stanford White, photo by George Cox ca. 1892How is the Stanton House Inn related to a brilliant man murdered in Madison Square Garden by the jealous husband of a previous lover?

Read on to learn all the details of:
  • the Stanton House Inn’s property
  • the illustrious people connected to its past
  • the very public murder that rocked early 1900s New York high society, and led to the Trial of the Century
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Early History of European Settlement of Greenwich

Greenwich and neighboring Stamford were founded in 1640. The area in which the Stanton House Inn is located was not settled until 1672. What is now downtown Greenwich was originally called Horseneck due to the pastureland used by settlers to graze their horses. The area remained rural for much of its existence.

First Construction of the Seaman-Brush House

The Stanton House Inn was built on land granted to the Reverend Richard Sackett while he was Pastor of the Second Congregational Church in 1717. The land was kept in the family for 150 years, and in 1840, Mr. John Sackett built the original structure on its present location.
We named the Sackett Suite in honor of the Sackett family.

The Gay 90s and Early 20th Century in Greenwich, Connecticut

With the construction of the railroad, Greenwich changed its name from Horseneck to avoid sounding too provincial. It became a getaway for wealthy families from New York City, such as the Rockefellers.
 
Mary A. (Sackette) Seaman and her husband Charles H. Seaman lived in what would become the Stanton House Inn until 1899. The house was then purchased by Edward & Susie A. Brush. At that time, the house was enlarged to its present size and appearance. The noted architect Stanford White, designer of the famous Washington Square Arch in New York City, was chosen to supervise the work.
The Brush family contributed much to the area and to the Town of Greenwich in particular. Some major Greenwich institutions, such as:
All felt the fine touch of Edward Brush.

“The Trial of the Century”

Shortly after the completion of the Seaman-Brush house (the official name of the Stanton House Inn), Stanford White was murdered by a very wealthy yet disturbed man in Madison Square Garden. Harry Kendall Thaw shot Stanford White at point-blank range for an affair with his then wife, Evelyn Nesbit. At the time of his death, the affair, which began when Nesbit was 16 years old and White was 47, had long-since ended.
Rooms in the house that feature fireplaces designed by Stanford White include:

The Stanton House Inn in the 20th Century

In 1920, after the death of Edward Brush, the property was purchased by Theodore L. Pomeroy. Mrs. Pomeroy was active both in politics and the church. Many prominent statesmen and their wives attended the social functions held by Mr. & Mrs. Pomeroy.
 
In 1937, the house was purchased by Mrs. Nora Stanton Barney, who operated the house as an inn called Stanton House. She named the building in honor of her grandmother, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the renowned American feminist and social reformer. For the next quarter century, the Stanton House was a popular gathering spot for travelers and residents alike.

Recent History at the Stanton House Inn

greenwich ct history touches on the present, like at the tod's point, started when the town bought the land from a wealthy landownerSadly, from 1962 to 1983 the property declined and it seemed that the Stanton House would not regain any of its original splendor. But in 1985, Mr. Tog Pearson and his wife, Doreen, took an interest in the historic Connecticut inn and began to restore the rooms and facilities to their former glory. It has since become a well-needed addition to the community in the form of a Bed & Breakfast Inn.
 
Greenwich’s prime location on beautiful Long Island Sound makes it the Gateway to New England. The perfect first stop for touring Still Revolutionary Connecticut, Greenwich also offers a convenient alternative for a visit to New York City. NYC to Greenwich, CT, is just thirty-five miles away and accessible by train or car. But there are also an abundance of great things to do in Greenwich itself, as well as the surrounding area.
 
Be sure to download our free Connecticut Vacation Guide for a list of all our favorite activities near our historic Connecticut bed and breakfast.
 
The Pearson family set a goal for the Stanton House Inn almost 30 years ago to provide a comfortable and relaxed home-away-from-home environment for their guests in a historic and environmentally-friendly setting.
 

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Historical research by:
Bill Finch, Jr.
Town Historian