A Brief History: The Burrows House located at 75 Greenmanville Avenue Mystic Seaport Connecticut, was home to the Burrows family for many years between the 1860’s and 1870’s. Seth Winthrop Burrows was a storekeeper and his wife was a homemaker living in Connecticut. Although there is no exact record, construction of the building is believed to be between the year 1805 and 1825 based on architectural features. In 1953 the house was set to be demolished to make room for a bank but was fortunately saved by the town.
The Burrows House is best known for its garden, its wide variety of plants on display show horticultural history. There are many exotic flowers and plants in the garden that are native to other countries. This renowned garden was created at a time during the Industrial Revolution when people no longer needed to create large fields for home farming and could create their garden the way they wanted. Many chose to fill their new gardens with assorted flowers and smaller vegetables. New gardening equipment was now made available for even the non-wealthy.
The Burrows House is now included as part of the Mystic Seaport Museum and is considered the largest maritime museum in the world. It is considered one of Connecticut’s cultural treasures.
Haunted History: Visitors have claimed to feel cold spots throughout the house. People have also claimed to see a person look out of the window when the house was closed for the day.