History

According to town records, ownership includes:

• Town of Killingworth, 2000-present
• Anthony J. Bosco, 1994-2000
• Maria Bosco, 1956-1994
• Edward T. and Martha McGrath, 1948-1956
• Anna Bertha Pavelka, 1936-1948
• Frank Pavelka, 1922-1936
• John Pavelka, 1906-1922
• William Kathotka, 1904-1906 “…being homestead lately occupied by Horace Parmelee and jointly owned by Horace Parmelee and Eunice M. Parmelee.”
• Horace L. Parmelee and Eunice M. Parmelee, 1847-1904

Horace L. Parmelee to Eunice Parmelee. Three and a half acres “together with one half of the dwelling house thereon standing which is now in process of building, during her natural life for her the said Eunice Parmelee to use and occupy…” Vol. 28, p. 519, July 29, 1847.

Eunice Parmelee to Horace L. Parmelee. Three and a half acres. The parcel is described as bounded westerly by the Killingworth and Haddam Turnpike, northerly by the heirs of Oren Parmelee, easterly by highway, and southerly by Eunice Parmelee. The south line is a stone wall that runs the greater part of the way between the turnpike and old road (highway). Vol. 28, p. 264, July 29, 1847.

The above deeds show that Eunice Parmelee, mother of Horace’s wife Eunice M. Parmelee, sold property to Horace Parmelee bounded on the west by the Killingworth and Haddam Turnpike (now Route 81). Horace then deeded to Eunice half of the property and half of a house in the “process of building.” This indicates the house was built in 1847 and that Eunice Parmelee was allowed to occupy the house. Prior to this, Eunice, and probably Horace and Eunice M., lived in a house to the south, presumably the Josiah Parmelee house (1752). The “highway” or “old road” that runs behind the house is still present.

Recent History

In 2000, the Town of Killingworth purchased the 131-acre property for $670,000. Plans for a major recreation complex were developed but failed to win approval in town referendums in 2003 and 2004. The property went unused until 2007, when Peg Scofield requested permission to establish a community garden. Read more

Bosco Family Farming

Anthony (Sr.) and Maria Bosco raised turkeys in the Mt. Carmel section of Hamden on a 3 acre property and needed a larger farm to expand. They purchased the Parmelee Farm in 1956. Tony (Jr.), then 21, had recently graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in agriculture and was the first to move to the farm. The turkey business was his parents’ and although it was a substantial operation, it was never able to fully support two generations of Boscos. Read more

The Parmelee Farm

The Horace Parmelee house, formerly known as the Bosco house, was built in 1847 and occupied by Horace and Eunice Parmelee. Architecturally, the house is a late example of the post-colonial or Federal style. Horace L. Parmelee was born June 28, 1819, the son of Moses and Ruth Parmelee. Eunice Maria Parmelee was born on August 2, 1822, the daughter of Rufus and Eunice Parmelee. They were married on June 11, 1843, by the Rev. E. Swift in the Congregational Church. H. L. Parmelee is shown as occupant of the house on the 1859 map of Middlesex County. Horace died August 5, 1898 and Eunice November 8, 1905. Read more

Where we started

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