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 Robert Harper Griswold

Robert Harper Griswold

Birth
Lyme, New London County, Connecticut, USA
Death 1882 (aged 75–76)
Connecticut, USA
Burial Old Lyme, New London County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID 19843236 · View Source
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Married Helen Maria Powers November 9, 1840.
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Captain Robert Harper Griswold was the father of Florence Ann Griswold 1850-1937, born on Christmas Day, she was a school teacher who was the inspiration for the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, CT. Founded in 1936, Located in a stately Late Georgian mansion designed by Samuel Belcher and built in 1817, the Museum and its grounds served in the early years of the twentieth century as the center for one of America's most famous art colonies. Scores of American Impressionists and Barbizon influenced painters, often fresh from their studies in France, came to Old Lyme to paint landscapes of the rural countryside. Miss Florence Griswold transformed her family home into the colony's boarding house. She converted barns and outbuildings into studios for such nationally prominent artists as Childe Hassam, Willard Metcalf and Henry Ward Ranger, and provided a congenial environment where, as one artist put it, "every day is so in line with work." Grateful for her hospitality, these and other artists painted on the walls and doors of the house. This unique collection is preserved within the Florence Griswold House today, making the building itself one of the most important aspects of the collection. Shortly before Florence Griswold's death in 1937, artists, friends and relatives formed the Florence Griswold Association in order to preserve the house as an art museum and as an outstanding example of early New England architecture. In 1947 the Florence Griswold House opened to the public on a seasonal basis. In 1955 the Associationjoined with the newly formed Lyme Historical Society, broadening its purpose to include collecting and preserving objects and archives relating to the history of the towns of Lyme and Old Lyme. Volunteers operated the Museum until a professional staff was hired in 1972. A small professional staff and active group of volunteers manage the Museum today. The Museum was first accredited by the AAM in 1978, reaccredited in 1990, and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1993.
[Courtesy of Find A Grave contributor MonasMoe]


1870 census
Robert H Griswold
Age in 1870: 64
Birth Year: abt 1806
Birthplace: Connecticut
Dwelling Number: 98
Home in 1870: Old Lyme, New London, Connecticut
Race: White
Gender: Male
Occupation: Farmer
Male Citizen Over 21: Y
Personal Estate Value: 28000
Real Estate Value: 20000
Inferred Spouse: Helen M Griswold
Inferred Children: Louise A Griswold
Helen A Griswold
Florence A Griswold
Household Members:
Name Age
Robert H Griswold 64
Helen M Griswold 49
Louise A Griswold 28
Helen A Griswold 26
Florence A Griswold 19

[Courtesy of Find A Grave Contributor: Misty Dawn]



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  • Created by: Jenean Hamilton
  • Added: 11 Jun 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19843236
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Harper Griswold (13 Jun 1806–1882), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19843236, citing Griswold Cemetery, Old Lyme, New London County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Jenean Hamilton (contributor 46846305) .