As you enter town, there is another historic house on the left, managed by Historic New England. It caught my eye because we have a similar house in our little village. Newburyport is very fortunate to have an array of property owners who are sensitive to the built environment that has survived since the early years of the country. We're making some progress in my town, but it has been painfully slow.
This is the first architectural acquisition purchased by the SPNEA, now Historic New England. Built by Stephen Swett, a portion of the house was constructed on a single-room plan with chimney bay and facade. Passing through a series of owners, the house remained essentially unaltered until a second addition of single-room was added to the original block. Further extended with new central chimney, and a western addition until its final form. It houses one of the most massive fireplaces of the period containing three beehive ovens.
Learn more from the web site of Historic New England.
Favorite thing: The streets of Newburyport are lined with one wonderful architectural beauty after another. One can hardly pay attention to the driving. Better park the car and prepare to walk a while. Keep the camera handy....you'll be snapping every 50 feet!
Favorite thing: Fences matching the mansion....wonderful details to notice as you pass through this wonderfully restored community.
Favorite thing: Attention is given to the lesser architecture as well. Comfortable homes have been preserved by sensitive owners taking pride in their built treasures....many plaque houses all around the town.