Birdsey Hall is one of the finest extant examples of a brick classic Federal Georgian in Litchfield County. Erected c. 1802 by leading mercantilist Birdsey Norton, it presides over a 74 acre Estate on ancestral Norton land. Ebenezer Norton came to Goshen in 1740 at the original settlement. Birdsey, his 9th child, was active in agriculture & dairy. His relation & associate, Lewis M. Norton, perfected a Dutch cheese as Pineapple Cheese & patented it in 1810. They distributed so widely that President Thomas Jefferson gave it as personal gifts to Governors of States. The Estate includes a restored chestnut barn that housed the cheese manufacture (now a horse barn). Hard by is the Nelson garrison-style homestead (1773), now a restored (4 b.r./4 f.p.) Guest House with arbored Terrace overlooking a stone walled vegetable garden, hundreds of acres of water company land & an Animal Preserve. A second converted barn Guest House (5 b.r./2 kit./view terrace & deck) sits on a hill. Resplendent Birdsey Hall (6719 s.f./8 f.p./6 b.r./High Federal Styling inside & out) has been embellished by an attached walled Garden, Porticos, Terraces for viewing the Estate, nearby farms & distant ridges, Tennis Court, Pool, Observatory enclosure, Pillared Entrance Gates, farm roads, stone walls, horse paddocks & numerous other dependencies. Original detail & High Fenestration of Grand Public Rooms & Bed Rooms are sensitively preserved & augmented by elegant Kitchen, Bathroom & Media Room articulations.
RT 4 east from Goshen Circle to left on East Street to locked Gate.