Can you guess for whom the first house in town was built? Yes, a minister. A Puritan minister with nine children (and a wife, of course). I love to think about what life was like in those days, and I find it interesting that the best house was for the minister (not for the richest guy around). Henry Whitfield was born in England around 1592 and did emigrate for his religious beliefs.
The minister's house served as the church, until a separate church could be built. The walls were almost two feet thick, so this building also served as the town fort. This minister and his wife opened their home to travelers. There were only three bedrooms for the 11 of them!
Finally, this building was the first museum in the state of Connecticut! That's quite a lot of uses for one building, I think.
In subsequent years, the house was owned by two different families who each held onto it for over a century (apiece). This may have contributed to the fact that the house is still standing.
One last tidbit for readers: Henry Whitfield was descended from Chaucer.