FAIRFIELD — Imagine the tales that the antique colonial house at 131 South Benson Road could tell. The house has stood at the northeasterly corner of South Benson Road and Old Post Road for 240 years.
The Captain Abraham Benson house has served as a residence, Fairfield’s first post office, and a tavern at which President Andrew Jackson is said to have “lunched … with 12 dignitaries of the area.” That same May 1976 article in the Bridgeport Sunday Post claims Aaron Burr, John Audubon and other notable people patronized the inn. A document housed at the Fairfield Museum and History Center says the inn was also “a popular stop for Daniel Webster and Washington Irving. One of the largest inns in the area, it was a stagecoach stop from New York to Boston.”