ANSONIA — The sale of the Richard Mansfield House to the Derby Historical Society on April 8 left former owner Regina Cahill with mixed feelings.

“I couldn’t be happier about it. This is what John would have wanted. And so it’s bittersweet,” Cahill said.

Cahill was married to John D. Poole, the former owner of the house, which is located at 35 Jewett Street in Ansonia. He died in October 2019 and Cahill inherited the house and cared for it as the executor of her late husband’s estate.

The recent sale of the house she said, will ensure the home remains in Ansonia, per her late husband’s wishes. The Derby Historical Society paid $25,000 for the home according to the society and Cahill.


Derby Historical Society President Al Misiewicz said the society is now working on next steps and the house will eventually be moved to be next to the society’s David Humphreys House, located about three-quarters of a mile away on Elm Street.

“Right now that’s all it is, is a plan. It may take a couple of years to actually get it there. But that is the only reason we bought the house,” Misiewicz said.

Misiewicz said the society is planning on fundraising for moving the house and restorations. He estimated the total costs to restore the home could cost up to $300,000.

The home was originally purchased in 1748 according to the society and was inhabited by Mansfield, an Episcopal reverend who ministered to his congregation for 72 years, the longest in American history, according to the society.

Derby Historical Society Vice President Jim Gildea said Cahill sold the property to the society even after receiving substantially higher offers because she wanted the historically significant house to stay in the Naugatuck Valley.

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