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Building Name (Common)
Zagray Farm Museum
Building Name (Historic)
Zagray Farmstead
Address
544 Amston Road (Rte 85), Colchester
Typology
Overview

Designations

Historic Significance

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Field Notes

Sawmill was focus of nomination to State Register Story of the Zagray family: http://www.colchesterhistory.org/colchester-historical-society-exhibits/the-zagray-family/ Quinebaug Valley Engineers Association Inc. (QVEA) http://www.qvea.org/Zagray_Farm.html The Quinebaug Valley Engineers Association Inc (QVEA) is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 Connecticut corporation established in 1993 as an organization for individuals interested in the restoration and collection of antique engines, tractors and a variety of 19th and 20th century machinery. To further promote these ideals, QVEA in 2001 initiated the development of a nonprofit educational farm museum located in eastern Connecticut. The museum is at 544 Amston Rd (SR85) in the towns of Colchester and Hebron, on a farm formerly owned by the Zagray family. The Zagray “boys” Stanley, Harry and Willie, were a largely self sufficient and independent family that lived on the property their entire lives. Several patents were applied for, and a couple granted, during their lives. In 2000, Harry, in ill health, granted QVEA a bill of sale for the extensive equipment and tools collected on the farm, as well as a 99-year lease on the property. QVEA members then entered into an ongoing program of restoration and preservation of the Zagray farm, resulting in what you see here today. The farm, which has been known locally as the Zagray Farm, is now known as the Zagray Farm Museum. The Zagray Farm Museum encompasses nearly 200 acres of picturesque land, which is a combination of woodlands, fields and a large marsh. There are several original buildings which include the Zagray family homestead, dairy barn, machine shop, foundry, antique sawmill and various sheds.

Use & Accessibility

Use (Historic)

Use (Present)


Exterior Visible from Public Road?

Yes

Demolished

No

Location Integrity

Unknown

Environment

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Relationship to surroundings

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Typology & Materials

Building Typology

Materials


Structural System

Roof materials


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Approximate Dimensions

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Source

Date Compiled

05/21/2012

Compiled By

Charlotte Hitchcock

Sources

http://www.qvea.org/Zagray_Farm.html

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