This classic New England saltbox dates from the first half of the eighteenth-century. It has a center chimney and a symmetrical facade. The exterior is sided with narrow clapboard. Both the foundation and the chimney are constructed of fieldstone. Most of the windows have eight-over-twelve sashes. The center window above the front door is narrower with a six-over-nine arrangement. The entry vestibule is a later addition. The house is of post and beam construction. Physical evidence in the roof framing suggests that its saltbox form developed as a result of a lean-to added at the rear, rather than as an integral part of the original structure. Although the interior is in neglected condition, it contains a number of notable early features, such as raised-panel doors, wide-board floors, and a paneled wall next to the parlor fireplace. The Field House is listed on the State Register of Historic Places. It needs extensive restoration. The Field family had many distinguished members, including Stephen J. Field, who served the nation as a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
The owner will consider selling the house on site at a price to be determined or will allow it to be moved elsewhere for restoration. Local preservationists hope that it will stay in its original location or, at least, within Madison. For further information contact the owner, Michael Montanaro, at 203-246-7340 or Jane Kuhl, president Madison Historical Society at 203-421-3050.