Buried in the brush and trees, in a very posh part of the town of Greenwich, CT, is a ramshackle building that is all that remains of the home built by Jeffrey Ferris in the 1650s. The current street address is 181 Shore Road and the structure sits about 250 feet from the shore of Greenwich Cove.
It is not the same house that Jeffrey built. It does sit on the same site, however. The Time, in an Aug. 6 story, notes that local historic preservationists have an interest in preventing the destruction of the building. For now, the “demolition” sign has been taken down.
Jeffrey Ferris was born in England about 1610. He moved to Boston where he was made a freedman in 1635. In about 1640 he lived in the Stamford, CT area. By 1656 he lived in Greenwich. He died in 1660.
This is where the lineage began. Jeffrey’s sons also owned land here (see map) and to this day some Ferris family members still live in the area.