In November of 1983, the Town of Harwinton established the Harwinton Housing Authority (HHA) for the express purpose of developing a low income senior housing project in town. The result is Wintergreen, a 20 unit senior citizen, low income housing complex off Bentley Drive. The project is financially self-sufficient with operating expenses met through rental proceeds and governmental rent subsidies, and help with funding from the Town of Harwinton. All apartments are occupied, but requests for information or applications are available by calling the office. The number is (860) 485-1200.
Now in its 25th year of residency, Wintergreen is an established part of the Harwinton community. Volunteer efforts from Harwinton’s Historical Society, the Garden Club and Boy Scout Troops help keep it a pleasant place to live. The effort to maintain the up-grade to the 25 year old facility continues with the emphasis in the coming 12 month period to focus on the interiors of the 20 rental units.
The Jason Skinner House, situated on Wintergreen’s property, is on the National Register of Historic Places. In May of 1985, a special bill passed by Connecticut’s State Legislature to transfer ownership of the Skinner House to HHA. The house, formerly located within the State’s Roraback Wildlife Management Area, dates from 1830. In its original location on an abandoned road, it had been uninhabited for several decades and was neglected and vandalized. It is an example of unsophisticated country elegance in a transitional style, having incorporated elements of Greek revival, Federal and Georgian Colonial styles. Originally, it served as the main dwelling on a 200-300 acre farm.
At Wintergreen, it serves as the resident’s community house and administrative office. The Great Room is available for public use for family reunion, showers and other celebration. Call Sharlise McDuffie, Administrator, Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm at (860) 485-1200 for more information.
|William R. Gangloff||Treasurer|