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Easton Home Has Roots To Hemingway's Novel, “A Farewell To Arms”

7 Old Redding Road, Easton. Photo Credit: William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty
The cozy library found inside 7 Old Redding. Photo Credit: William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty
7 Old Redding Road before the original renovations. Photo Credit: Easton Historical Society

EASTON, Conn. -- If walls could talk, a stunning Easton home would tell an interesting story. While visiting family during the late 1920s, it's rumored that American novelist Ernest Hemingway wrote part of his novel, “A Farewell To Arms” at 7 Old Redding Road.

Nicknamed the “Harvard House,” the 4,608 sq. ft. historical home features four bedrooms and five baths. Currently listed by William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty for $1.5 million, the house is surrounded by three wooded acres.

Hemingway stayed at 7 Old Redding Road while married to his second wife Pauline Pfeiffer, niece of Gustav Pfeiffer, who was a key contributor in developing Easton. Gustav built and bought over 20 homes in Easton during the late 1920s and tried, unsuccessfully, to convince Hemingway to purchase a home.

Hemingway and his wife visited the Easton home in 1927 after their wedding. It was at that time that local historians believe the celebrated author wrote parts of “A Farewell to Arms,” which was published in 1929.

With a cozy, private library, it’s easy to picture one of America’s most influential fiction writers putting pen to paper to create a literary masterpiece.

The main structure was built in 1780, with two additions built in 1930 by renowned architect Cameron Clark, who restored several other nearby homes. Currently, the listing features a spacious living room, modern kitchen appliances and a dining room.

Located near Aspetuck Valley Country Club, the home is convenient to shopping districts in Westport and Fairfield. For homebuyers seeking privacy and relaxation, the property boasts an in-ground swimming pool and private backyard.

To learn more about this historical property, click here.

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