Levi Coley purchased 23 acres from William, Eliphalet, and Buckingham Lockwood in 1831. The following year he built this home in an area of Wilton then known as Harry's Ridge and now known as Sturges Ridge. Levi and his wife Mary raised five children here: Frederick, David, Frances, Mary Ann, and Ebenezer. The couple lived to 81 years old, outliving all their offspring but David. Mary died in 1871, just one week after Frances, who was 33. Samuel Belden purchased the home after Levi's death and it is now known as the Coley-Belden House. After the Beldens, the Jacksons owned the home. J. Clarence Jackson expanded the property to 40 acres and ran an orchard here. He was very successful growing and selling a brand new type of apple called the McIntosh, which was shipped to New York for sale. He also grew peaches, pears, and cherries here. Many thanks to @tmsalvatore for inviting me to her beautiful home and sharing its history. It's so extensive that I will do a later post to focus on its more recent owners. Interior photos are include in a story from Wilton under my profile.