Steven Peck House
Lyme Street and Beckwith Lane
Old Lyme is a lovely town. Really and truly. One could spend a day strolling down Lyme Street – just watch out for deer ticks I suppose. There are a few museums here and, of course this, a stop along the Underground Railroad Trail.
This house was built at the turn of the 18th century for Samuel Peck. The Town of Old Lyme was regarded as a haven to escaped slaves and this home in Old Lyme could have been a stop on the Underground Railroad. Local lore tells that a small chimney-side room on the third floor may have been used to conceal runaways seeking shelter. This home is privately owned and not open to the public.
As a side note, I know a woman named Beckwith. In fact, she’s appeared on CTMQ in the past. This is actually merely a test to see if she ever happens upon this totally random page.
CTMQ does the Underground Railroad Trail
CTMQ’s Freedom Trail page
Rosemary saysAugust 12, 2009 at 5:10 pm
I happened on this page! I live in Old Lyme and had no idea we were a stop on the underground railroad. How exciting. Thanks for sharing some great ideas!
T Fowler saysMay 19, 2019 at 5:52 pm
There are two houses on Lyme st that were active during the Underground Railroad. Number six which is the Stephen Peck house and Number 32 which is the Joseph Peck house. The Joseph Peck house is the house you have pictured here.