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The Bush-Holley House

Located in Cos Cob, Connecticut, the Bush-Holley House was the 18th-century home of the Bush family and ten enslaved individuals.

Family records from the Bush-Holley House document the change in status of enslaved members of the household during the early years of the New Nation, through Connecticut’s gradual emancipation. Inventories and censuses reveal the names of Candice, Patience and their sons, Jack and Cull. Candice may have been the last enslaved woman to be emancipated by state law in the town of Greenwich, in 1825.

Today the site is owned and operated by the Greenwich Historical Society. Site tours acknowledge the presence and work of the enslaved community, as well as the gaps in the record that leave the details of their stories unknown.

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