Old Home Signs

Suffield will be celebrating its 350th anniversary in 2020. The Suffield Historical Society, in preparation for that event, would like to see more of the town's older homes bearing signs with builder or owner and date. Below are recommendations for signs so that they will all conform as to size, format and lettering. We can help you date your house. You can contact us by calling the King House Museum at 860-668-5256.

Size: 26x11.5 inches, standard 1x12 board.

Background color: White

Lettering color: Black

Printing: 3 inches in height, if name will fit on sign (Name & Date), Block Lettering (Arial Black), all Caps, other lettering 2 inches.

Sign position on House: A good location is about 5 feet from ground level on the right hand side of the home near right end in plain sight, but most important should be readable from road.

Signs recommended on all homes built before 1870. House shows up on 1869 Hartford County Atlas page for Suffield.

Information on the Sign:

First Line: Who built it or had it built. Example: "BUILT BY" or "BUILT FOR"
Second line: Name of person. Example: "BENJAMIN ADAMS"
Third Line: Date. Example: "1767"

Examples:

BUILT BY
DAVID HASTINGS
CIRCA 1800

BUILT BY
HENRY A. SYKES
CIRCA 1861

BUILT FOR
DR. ALEXANDER KING
1764

BUILT BY
DAVID L. SIKES
1847

Possible vendors:

Sign painter: Heidi Crane, ShabbyAbbysAttic-Sign Shop, 11 High St / Suite 111, Suffield, shabbyabbysattic at gmail dot com, 860-668-4683

Sign maker: Bob Winter, 1038 Hill Street, Suffield, CT 06078, 860-668-5668

Sign maker: Sam Wolcott, Porcupine Sign & Design, 50 Market St, Northampton, MA 01060, nohosign at cox dot net, 413-584-4501