For over 80 years, seafood lovers from all around have been enjoying the buttery bliss of the lobster roll. Whether you are out for a special seaside dinner or simply enjoying your typical “go-to,” this delicious creation remains a coastal lifestyle staple, and the town of Weston, CT is where it all began. Here, a Colonial estate that once served as home to the prominent Perry family, most well known for their creation of this popular seafood dish, is now for sale. Wilton agent Ryan Cornell has the listing, which is offered at $1,185,000.
The Perry family constructed and cared for the home for almost 200 years. In 1934, Harry Perry, who ran the local “Perry’s Meat/Fish Market,” began serving hot buttered lobster on French bakery rolls. Soon, other restaurants discovered the idea, and the family market posted a new sign that read, “Home of the Famous Lobster Roll.” Perry’s Meat/Fish Market was in operation from the turn of the century until the 1960s. Connecticut’s growing grape and wine industry is also tied to the Perry family, with George Perry’s patent on grape cultivation granted in 1868.
The Walter Perry Home was built in 1830, and originally situated in what was once known as the Valley Forge District of Connecticut. When the Saugatuck River was dammed to create the Saugatuck Reservoir in the 1930s, the entire Valley Forge village was abandoned, with several of the houses, including this one, relocated to preserve their structure and make way for the rising water. In 1938, Edgar Perry, the last generation of the family to own the residence, purchased the Weston land on which the home now stands.
Today, the original Perry home has been expanded and renovated, while still maintaining many of its antique qualities. The heart of the 3,637 square-foot residence is a top-notch kitchen with an open floor plan that neighbors a great room, which opens up to the home’s expansive backyard. The level property includes an in-ground pool and sport court set far away from the main road, adding to its private atmosphere. The upstairs level contains five spacious bedrooms with ample closet space and luxurious baths, in addition to a bonus room.
“The well-maintained home has a timeless character that is just one of the many contributions the Perry family has made to the rich history of the area,” said Cornell. “I’m humbled to be representing a residence with such a significant and intriguing past—a story I will forever enjoy sharing with clients and interested community members. It’s not just about the delicious creation of the lobster roll, but also the powerful, driving force of the family who once loved and cared for this mighty home for so many years.”
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