Hartford House was built in 1835 by James S. Wadsworth,
the younger son
of the pioneer James Wadsworth who settled Geneseo in
1790. The house
was built from the plans of Lord Hertford's Villa in
London where James and his new bride Mary Craig Wharton
stayed on their
honeymoon. The original house was only two stories but
after the couple
had six children they “raised the roof” and put in
a third floor.
James became a Brevet Major General in the Union Army and
wounded at The Battle of the Wilderness. His statue stands
Ave. at Gettysburg, and a replica of that statue now
stands at the
Livingston County Courthouse just outside the gates to his
estate which is still inhabited by his descendants.
Other owners of the property have included the General's
Congressman James W. Wadsworth, Sr. and his grandson U.S.
later Congressman) James W. Wadsworth, Jr. The current
Strong, is the great-great-great grandson of the General.