With Valentine’s Day being celebrated this week, love is in the air, so a bit of history about the Burr Mansion, one of Fairfield’s most historic wedding locations, is in order. Originally built in 1732 by Peter Burr, chief justice of the Superior Court of colonial Connecticut, the mansion was inherited by his grandson Thaddeus Burr after he married Eunice Dennie Burr in 1759. Thaddeaus and Eunice resided in the home during the American Revolution.
When the war got dangerous in Boston, many patriotic activists fled the British, and in 1775 Dorothy Quincy, fiancée of patriot leader John Hancock, escaped to Fairfield and lived in the Burr Mansion. She remained in town until Hancock, president of the Continental Congress, joined her. On August 23, 1775 Reverend Andrew Elliot of First Congregational Church married John Hancock and Dorothy Quincy at the Burr residence.