Lathrop Manor honors the builders and residents of four generations recognizing the love and care dedicated to the home since the 18th century. Each of the guest rooms is named after one of the home's illustrious former residents, four generations of Lathrops; Steve and Judy Plank; Lydia Huntley Sigourney and the world's most infamous traitor Benedict Arnold.
Drs Daniel and Joshua Lathrop joined together to open Connecticut's first apothecary, the only one located between New York and Boston, at that time. Joshua lived in the house that still stands across the street.
The Plank Room is named in honor of the owners and caretakers, Steve and Judy Plank, from 1970 until 2005.
Lydia Huntley Sigourney, the "Sweet Singer of Hartford" was one of the first American women to succeed in a literary career. Her work includes her most popular prose, Letters to Young Ladies (1833), Poems (1834) in eight volumes capped by an Illustrated Poems. She continued to write almost a volume a year until her death.
Benedict Arnold V was considered by many to be the best general and most accomplished leader in the Continental Army. In fact, without Arnold's earlier contributions to the American cause, the American Revolution might well have been lost, but after he switched sides, his name has become a byword for treason in the United States.
Benedict Arnold's family was well off until the future general's father made several bad business deals that plunged the family into debt, forcing his son to withdraw from school at 14 because the family could not afford the expense. His father's ill-health prevented him from training his son in the family mercantile business, but his mother's family connections secured an apprecnticeship for him with two of her cousins, brothers Daniel and Joshua Lathrop, who operated a successfull apothecary and general merchandise trade in Norwich.