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Conn. Home Owned by Same Family Since 1600s Goes Up for Sale

A member of the family says they could no longer find a way to keep it among them, and calls the sale 'very, very sad'

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    Conn. Home Owned by Same Family Since 1600s Goes Up for Sale
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    In this Friday, June 7, 2013, photo, a "for sale by owner" sign stands outside a home in LaSalle, Illinois.

    A Connecticut home that's been owned by the same family for nearly 350 years is for sale.

    The Hartford Courant reports that the home in Farmington that's been owned by 11 generations of the Wadsworth family goes up for auction Nov. 6.

    Kathy Wadsworth Delano says they could no longer find a way to keep the historic home on 107 Main St. in the family.

    She called the auction "very, very sad."

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    The Wadsworth family has been a part of Connecticut essentially since it's founding, when a member of the family joined Thomas Hooker's group that founded Hartford, according to the Hartford Courant. That man's son, John, built the farmhouse around 1680, the paper reported. 

    The house has had a number of additions and changes made to it over the years, but the current generation of Wadsworths told the news outlet the oldest part of the house still in tact — a rear ell — dates back to around that time.

    The future of the home, once part of a dairy farm, became uncertain after resident Jeremiah Wadsworth died in 2014. His wife, Lois Reede Wadsworth, moved out three years ago when she was no longer able to live on her own.

    Neither their grown children nor more than a dozen members of the extended could take over the house.