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Lot and Block » Lots 22-23, Block 12 Old Lots 39-42?, Block 3
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Built » in late 19th c Assessment records indicate 1895
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Owner(s) » Lot 23: Miss J S Godfrey, 1886 (Cert. #128) Warren Choate (Trustee), 1891 (#230) Emma L O’Brien, 1893 (#318) Frances B a Beckett, 1903 (#614) Morrison W Perley, 1909 (#719,729) Jas W. & D. E. Merrington (liber 1176 folio 274) Thera E. Kahler, 21 September 1964 (liber 3270 folio 337) James S. & Sarah M. Steel, 21 October 1966 (liber 3562 folio 693)
Remarks » During Perley ownership, summer kitchen from yard of 419 Fourth Avenue was appended as a wing. Cottage on Lot 2 destroyed by fire in 1933. Appears in assessment records as Lot 23 & part 24 block 12.
Sources » Edwards Historic House Worksheet; Register of Stock Certificates; County Tax Records; Town Directories; Assessment records. Orndorff corres, 12-12-1933. Assn minutes, 8-14-1893. 1947 tax list. Shantz, 48.

Updates & Anecdotes

Source » Courtesy of Paul Morrison Whiting (2010)
House party in Washington Grove 1928

Helen Perley, later Mrs. Henry J.Whiting is shown in the front row on the far left. Helen’s father W. Morrison Perley owned the cottage at 411 Grove Avenue, sometimes called “Moonflower” or “Sarah Steel’s house.” The girl in the middle of the front row may be Leila Hershey who lived in Gaithersburg at the time. She later married Paul Farmer, a cousin of Donald McCathran. The cottage in the background may, in fact, be 411 Grove Ave since in 1928 the kitchen may not yet have been added.

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