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Relocated and Restored: Connecticut Home of a Revolutionary War Hero Available for $2M

Few homes boast a connection to an American war hero. Fewer still have also been dismantled, moved, and rebuilt in an entirely new location.

But that’s what happened to one-half of this beautiful residence in Lyme, CT. It’s now available for $1,975,000.

The dwelling on a lot of 6.71 acres is made up of two adjoined homes from the 1760s, one of which was the residence of John Mansfield, a lieutenant in the Revolutionary War.

“John Mansfield was a Revolutionary War hero of sorts,” says listing agent Paul Smyth, of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty. “He led the charge, which was desperate, at the Battle of Yorktown. His group broke through the brigade and won the Battle of Yorktown, which was pivotal.”

Historic house avoids demolition

Mansfield’s former home stood in Wallingford, CT, for a couple of centuries before it was relocated about 30 miles east, to Lyme.

Backing up a bit, current owner Rick Butt bought a historic Colonial residence on the Lyme property back in the 1980s.

A lover of historic homes, he kept his Colonial historically accurate. He and his now-deceased wife were also keen do-it-yourselfers, Smyth says.

About 25 years ago, word came down that the Mansfield House was going to meet the wrecking ball.

“An opportunity came about to acquire the residence of John Mansfield,” says Smyth. “The home had to be taken down from the lot it was on, and these folks had a real interest in doing that.”

“The Mansfield House was one of the most important homes in town,” says Butt. “It was once located next to a library and had to be moved. It was picked up and put on a different lot that was a nonconforming lot, so [local officials] determined the house had to be destroyed. We decided to step in at that point. We had already moved a barn from New Hampshire, so we knew what we had to do.”

John Mansfield Home

Moving the house

So Butt took on the task of moving the house to Lyme and merging it with his historic Colonial home.

“I have every nail that was made by blacksmiths that was in that house,” Butt says. “The timbers I moved myself in my pickup truck. I had it moved to my own foundation.

“Once we got the framing done, the house itself was stood up in a day. I had a crane put the roof rafters on, but after that, I did the whole house myself. I reproduced the fireplace,” he continues. “There was one that was angled, so I made one like that. It’s pretty intact. The original house has four fireplaces and I added five, so there are nine total.

“If I had to do it all again today, I don’t think there are building materials that would be available,” he says.

Unifying the homes

Butt devised an ingenious design to attach the Mansfield home to his existing Colonial. He created a connection in a common kitchen area with a two-story ceiling and arched windows—and managed to match up the two architecturally distinctive homes without creating a “Frankenhouse.”

“The Mansfield home is a center-chimney Colonial and the other is a center-hallway gambrel Colonial. That’s the fascinating thing about it. Projects like this don’t happen overnight. It took many years to get to where it is now,” says Smyth.


Dining area


Butt, who also has a passion for architectural artifacts, incorporated many of the vintage touches into the historic transformation. For example, the two-story windows are from Middlebury College and the 18th-century walnut staircase comes from a barn in Maine.

Today, the 5,536-square-foot home has five bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. The original home was built into an embankment with access to the outdoors from both the main and upper levels. You can access the kitchen from the lower level of the Mansfield property, which also houses a tavern room, home office, and exercise room.

A staircase in the kitchen connects the first floor of the Mansfield home to the second floor of the original house. The primary suite is located in the main house, and there is another bedroom suite on the upper level of the Mansfield home where you will also find a music room, library, and main parlor.


A passion for historic homes

“I really wanted to preserve the past,” Butt says of this massive undertaking. “I used to hate to see historic properties just bulldozed. I’m an engineer and an investor, and my motto is ‘Almost perfect.’ This home is almost perfect.”

He had also relocated the post-and-beam barn currently on the property from the White Mountains of New Hampshire two or three years prior to undertaking the Mansfield project.

It now serves as a garage with upper levels for storage.

Since his wife has passed on, Butt is now thinking of relocating to New York City.

“It’s not an easy house to leave with so many memories and having built this home, but it’s time to move on,” he says.

Historic home


Historic interior

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