Connecticut Trust For Historic Preservation

Roxbury Station, Roxbury

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Commerical zoning and high property values are endangering a group of historic buildings on the scenic Shepaug River in the rural Town of Roxbury. As the only commerically-zoned area in the community, the complex, known as Roxbury Station, has attracte the interest of developers who want to tear down the buildings. However, reuse of the structures could result in an appealing retail complex that would fit into the picturesque surroundings along Route 67, a state-designated Scenic Road. The property is adjacent to a preserve containing the impressive stone remains of a nineteenth-century blast furnace.

Roxbury Station was a stop on the Shepaug Railroad, which was completed in 1872. Today the depot appears to be in good condition and retains quite a bit of authenticity. It has lost its platform, but original six-over-six windows remain, as well as loading doors and passenger doors. It has vertical-board siding. One end of the building was used for freight and the other end for passenger service.

Behind the depot, built into a rise in the land, stands a large, nineteenth-century warehouse. The building has two main floors and an attic. The parcel also includes a large, long lumber shed and a barn. The Shepaug River borders the property and flows over a low dam, creating a scenic waterfall.

The listing agent, Bonnie Bevans, has a love for her childhood hometown of Roxbury and hopes to find a buyer who will preserve the buildings.

Price: $1.9 million

Contact: Bonnie Bevans, William Raveis Real Estate, 860-488-3624.