New Canaan Now & Then: The Husted Welling House

‘New Canaan Now & Then’ is sponsored by Brown Harris Stevens Realtors Joanne Santulli, Karen Ceraso, Bettina Hegel and Schuyler Morris. The property on Park Street which is now home to the Sanctuary Condominiums was once owned by Levi Hanford. 

Hanford sold the land to Jesse Crissey, then to Hiram Crissey before it was sold to Silvanus Seely. It was speculated that Silvanus Seely built the home for his wife, Sally Crissey Seely. Ms. Seely, who died in 1850, was the sister of Prudence Crissey Husted. 

On April 1, 1851 Prudence Crissey Husted purchased the property from Silvanus Seely. Ms. Husted was 60 years old at the time and her husband, Thomas Seymour Husted, had died three years before.

NCHS Junior Launches ‘Fashion Forward’ To Collect Prom Dresses for Open Doors in Norwalk

New Canaan High School junior Adelaide Tuff first visited Open Doors about two years ago. 

Her family had already been involved in the Norwalk shelter and support services organization, making about 1,000 sandwiches during the pandemic. Her older brother, Oliver, founded Feeding 500, which sees dozens of NCHS and Darien students raise money for the Open Doors food program. “They didn’t really have many donors who were able to donate food during that time, just because of the overwhelming amount of need they had,” Adelaide Tuff recalled. “So once I saw my brother do that, I had a realization that I wanted to do something like that, as well, because we’ve been involved for so long.”

She did. 

Last year, Tuff held a clothing drive for the Open Doors “Community Closet,” a free store where families in need can shop for seasonal clothing, shoes and household necessities. She led an effort to collect 45 large bags of clothing—about 1,500 items for the Community Closet.