John Bishop's Letterbox  LbNA # 11634

Placed DateOct 17 2004
CountyNew London
LocationLisbon, CT
Planted ByPaula      
Found By anoliverdi
Last Found Mar 23 2016
Hike Distance?


From the South take 395 N, get off at 83A, turn left at the end of ramp on Rt. 169 and follow to the center of town. The barn with the bright red trim will be on your left across from Newent Church.

From the North take 395S, get off exit 84, turn right at the end of the ramp on Rt. 12. At Green Onion Pizza take a left onto Rt. 138, follow into the center of Lisbon. At the stop sign take a left on Rt. 169 and you will see the barn with the bright red trim on your right.

**John Bishops letterbox needs to be replaced. Had severe water damage sometime in the spring. The box is empty right now. Hope to get to it soon.**

Aquired by the Town of Lisbon in 1987, and leased to the Lisbon Historical Society in 1988, the John Bishop House and Museum is a remarkable early Federal structure. Occupied by only three families since its construction, it was owned by John Bishop in the early 1800's. The house was sold in 1818 to Tyler Browne, a large landowner and trader in the area. In 1915, the house passed on to the Bradlaw family, who lived there for over 70 years.

Park in the parking lot next to the barn with the bright red trim. Walk up the asphalt ramp to the front of the building.Turn and face north and walk along 169 heading towards the south facade of the John Bishop House. Stop walking approximately 21 feet before the herb garden(you will have to measure out from the end of the garden) and turn 90* west and walk down the slope till you reach a flatter area. Head north and walk parallel with the stone retaining wall on your right. At this point you will be in back of the Bishop House. Observe the paint color. Any idea why it's different? Now, look for a large well-rotted stump covered in vines, 2/3 of the way along the wall. Once you find the stump, look on the ground next to it for a flat stone. Lift the stone to reveal a small stone chamber and in it you will find what you seek. Have fun!

So, did you figure out why the back of the house is a different color? Perhaps it was to conserve on the cost of paint, since red was a less expensive color.