Connecticut home owned by Civil War soldier listed for $875K

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From Mark Twain to a Vanderbilt heiress, many notable figures have called Connecticut home. And an 1830s-era property on the shoreline is no exception. 

The home on 524 Boston Post Road in Madison was owned by Reverend Samuel Wheelock Fiske, according to the Madison Historical Society, who was the fifth pastor of Madison’s First Congregational Church and later fought in the Civil War as a captain in Connecticut’s 14th Regiment of the Union army. 

After moving to Madison in 1857, Fiske enlisted as a private and quickly moved up the ranks, the Madison Historical Society notes, serving in the battles of Antietam, Gettysburg and Fredricksburg. While he was in the South, the Society notes he wrote 90 articles for the Springfield Republican under the pen name "Dunn Browne," in which he "described and sometimes criticized the warfare and carnage he witnessed." Those 90 articles were combined into the 1999 book, "Mr. Dunn Browne’s Experiences in the Army: The Civil War Letters of Samuel Fiske."

The kitchen in the home on 524 Boston Post Road in Madison, Conn. was custom remodeled in 2020. 

The kitchen in the home on 524 Boston Post Road in Madison, Conn. was custom remodeled in 2020. 

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Fiske died in 1864 from a gunshot wound to the collarbone and lungs at the Battle of the Wilderness, according to the Historical Society. 

Now the Italianate-style home where he lived — which the Madison Historical Society said is the only house in this style on Boston Post Road — is on the market for $875,000. It has four bedrooms and two full bathrooms in 2,287 square feet of living space. While it has original details maintained throughout, the listing notes that the home has also been updated to include modern finishes, like the kitchen that was remodeled in 2020. 

Sitting adjacent to the Madison Country Club golf course on 0.76 acres of land, the listing notes the home has a 200-square-foot screened-in porch, a three-car garage and a “smoke house” that can be used as a studio or workshop.