You might say that Jeff and Michele Williams’s house is living its third—and perhaps its best—life.
From the sidewalk, the stately white-clapboard home with the hipped roof and wraparound porch doesn’t look much different from the other antique houses that survive in the Nichols Farms Historic District in Trumbull, Connecticut. Its tall windows, post-on-pedestal columns, and rectangular cupola all confirm its identity as a mid-19th-century Italianate, the kind of fashionable home favored by merchants who profited from the town’s pre–Civil War carriage and saddle trade. The Trumbull Historical Society traces the circa-1860 home’s origins to Sidney Nichols, a descendant of the very first farmer who arrived in the area in the 1690s.
Shown: From the front, the restored home looks much as it might have circa 1860, with little hint of the rear addition. The house’s Italianate flourishes include the post-on-pedestal porch columns and the cupola with arched windows. The 7-foot wood finial atop the cupola roof can just be glimpsed here.