The Litchfield County (Connecticut) was a rural area, sparsely populated, with cows, stone low walls, white wooden farms from the 18th Century and so typical red barns near the grain silos.
First house of Arthur Miller : at the intersection of Old Tophet Road and Gold Mine Road :
Miller purchased it during Winter 1947. At that time, he was married to his first wife Mary Grace Slattery :
It was a charming house with 7 rooms and white-painted windows with batten shutters and a chimney.
The property included a 22 hectares land and a tennis court.
His cousin, Morton Miller, owned, too, a house, not far from there.
It was in this house that on June 29, 1956, Arthur Miller and Marilyn held a press conference to announce their wedding :
It was near this house that the reporter Mara Scherbatoff was killed, the day of their wedding.
Marilyn contacted Frank Lloyd Wright who suggested her a new plan for the house : a circular living-room with a center down below, overcome with a dome ceiling of almost 20 meters diameter, overlooking the pool, as well as a main bedroom, a guest room and a conference room :,
After their wedding, Miller sold the house for the amount of 29 500$. The takings of this sale were used for buying the second house.
Second house : 323 Tophet Road.
He purchased it in October 1957.
It was only far a kilometer from the first house.
It was a single-stage country house, built in 1783, with a land of 130 hectares which then fell to 200, planted with fruit-trees.
The Tanner family owned it for 175 years. The main building had white walls, high ceilings and thick boat-wood beams.
Between 1957 and 1960, they spent a lot of time there :Miller made it his main residence : .