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Washington Grove Historic District’s Period of Significance, its Architectural Diversity, and its Contributing and Non-Contributing Resources

The period of significance for the Washington Grove Historic District spans the years 1873 to 1969. It begins with the establishment of the Washington Grove Camp Meeting and ends in 1969 (50 years before the updated and expanded 2020 form nominating Washington Grove...

Housing Stock in Washington Grove as it Transitioned from Stockholder Association to Municipality and the Great Depression Yielded to World War II

The research of Robinson & Associates, Inc., in preparation of Washington Grove’s Updated and Expanded Historic District Nomination to the National Register is gratefully acknowledged.  It is the basis of the following. Washington Grove’s initiative to seek...

Reading Someone Else’s Mail

Virtual Social Distancing – Archival Style During these past months of social distancing due to the 2020 pandemic, my companions in the Town Archives were men and women who lived here in the Grove over a hundred years ago. After hours – and days – of reading their...

Camp Meetings

We appreciate the research of Robinson & Associates in preparation of the Updated and Expanded Washington Grove Historic District Nomination; it forms the basis of this month’s overview of the choice of camp meeting locations and their physical arrangements. While...

Our Woods and Walkways: Are They Historic? Part 3

By Wendy E. Harris, Volunteer Associate Archivist In our last two articles, we used concepts borrowed from the world of historic preservation to discuss whether Washington Grove’s woods could be considered historic. Once again we return to the world of historic...

Our Street Signs

By Gail Littlefield, HPC member Watch a video of the WG Sign Restoration Project Hey, what’s the big deal about our street signs? Did you know our brown wood street signs with white letters, on wood posts, found at intersections throughout the Town, are a rare and...

Our Woods and Walkways: Are They Historic? Part 3

By Wendy E. Harris, Volunteer Associate Archivist  In our last two articles, we used concepts borrowed from the world of historic preservation to discuss whether Washington Grove’s woods could be considered historic. Once again we return to the world of historic...

Our Woods and Walkways: Are They Historic? Part 2

By Wendy E. Harris, Volunteer Associate Archivist Recently there has been much discussion as to whether various non-architectural features such as our community’s woods and walkways are truly “historic.” Whether or not this is the case, the woods of Washington Grove,...

Our Woods and Walkways: Are They Historic? Part 1

By Wendy E. Harris, Volunteer Associate Archivist During the past two months there has been much discussion as to whether various non-architectural features such as our community’s woods and walkways are truly “historic.” Whether or not this is the case, the woods of...

403 Sixth Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lots 9 & 10, Block 16 Old Lots 10-12?, Block 6 Name » Built » 1913 Assessment records indicate 1875 Built by » Style » Carpenter Gothic Owner(s) » Lot 10 Amanda J Cashell, 1895 (#452)...

409 Brown Street

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » pt. Lots 16-18, Block 26 Name » Built » c1909-1910 Built by » Robert H. Walker Style » Bungalow Owner(s) » Rev. George V Leech, 1894 – original owner (#371, 374-375) Samuel H Walker,...

400 Center Street

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lot 8, Block 27 Name » Built » 1953 Built by » Style » Ranch/Contemporary Owner(s) » Robert H. & Mary Marjorie Field, 15 April 1947 (original owner) Roland A. & A. K. Lincoln, 1...

120 Chestnut Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lot 18, Block 1 Name » Built » 1911 Built by » Major Samuel H. Walker Style » Four Square Owner(s) » Mary & John Maxwell, 1911 Leslie E. & Velda E. Schmidl, by 1946 (lots 17-20)...

418 Fifth Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lots 10-11, Block 14 Old Lots 23-25?, Block 4 Name Great Oaks Built » Built by » Style » Carpenter Gothic Owner(s) » Edward Hawkins, 1893 (#350) Kate E B Hawkins, 1896 (#494) Susanna E Stuart, 1900...

124 Grove Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lots 27 & 28, Block 4 Name » Pioneer Built » c1881? Built by » Style » Owner(s) » Rev. William Burris (#2) first owner Alva H. Doan, 1883; c. 1888 (#161) Magdalena Doan, 1888 Warren...

406 Grove Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lots 23, 24 & pt 25, Block 6 Name » Built » c. 1908 Built by » Style » Owner(s) » John Allen, 1890 (#218) Lodoiska Allen, 1891 (#223) John Allen, 1893 (#272) Mrs. L S Allen, 1893 (#351)...

209 Maple Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lot 5, Block 27 Name » Built » 1953 Built by » Style » Owner(s) » Corbett D. and Ada P. Hangar, 1948? John S. & C. S. Lucas (liber 2452 folio 53) Hugh B. & S. S. Hammett, 27 January...

411 Oak Street

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lot 9, Block 27 Name » Built » 1959 Built by » Style » Contemporary Owner(s) » Samuel W. & Beverly M. Jensch, 1958 (liber 2418 folio 506) Thomas J. Bresnahan, 1978 (liber 5148 folio 492)...

202 Ridge Road

[ House History Archive ]Name » Built » Built by » Style » Owner(s) » Remarks » Building permit issued 1991 Sources » Report to Town Meeting...

115 Washington Grove Lane

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lot 3, Block 1 Name » Built » House on site by 1935 Built by » Style » Owner(s) » Donald E & C E Magruder, by 1957 to present Remarks » Sources » House Number Plat, 1935;...

301 Washington Grove Lane

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lots 1-2, Block 3 Name » Built » c. 1935-40 Built by » Style » Owner(s) » Richard E. & Dorothy A. Tull, by 1946 (970:13) Richard E. Tull, non-sale transfer, 1967 (596:14) Raymond B....

405 Sixth Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lot 11-12+, Block 16 Old Lots 13-14, Block 6 Name » Built » c. 1894 – 1911. House moved to site 1911 Built by » Style » Owner(s) » Lot 9: Eliza S Miller, 1894 (#404) – original...

410 Brown Street

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lot 6, Block 25 Name » Built » 1913 Built by » Major Samuel H. Walker Style » Arts and Crafts Owner(s) » Samuel H. Walker, 6-8-1910 (#756) Arthur & Ruth K. Isherwood, 11-4-1926 (#1110);...

121 Chestnut Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lots 8, 9, p7, Block 4 Name » Built » 1933 Built by » Style » Dutch Colonial Owner(s) » Gertrude Weiber, by 1940 Gordon T. Wells, by 1946 Dr. Norman Lynn, to 1958 Warren S. & N. J....

301 First Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lot 1, Block 9 Old Lot 19, Block 7 Name » Built » c. 1880s Assessment records indicate 1875 Built by » Style » Carpenter Gothic Owner(s) » B S Platt, 1894 (#417) – original owner Julia...

102 Grove Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lots 14-16, Block 4 Old Lots 38-9, Block A Name » Built » Structure on site by 1935 Assessment records indicate 1955 Built by » Style » Owner(s) » John P. (or B?) Davis, 1911 (Cert #776)...

125 Grove Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lot 14, Block 7 Old Lot 14, Block B Name » Built » c. 1900 Assessment records indicate 1895 Built by » Style » Owner(s) » Rev W I McKenney, c1886 (#21) Henry L Strang, 1890 (#190) Harry S...

211 Maple Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lot 6, Block 27 Name » Built » 1953 Built by » Style » Owner(s) » Robert D. & R. B. McCutcheon (liber 2292 folio 140) Carol A. Emory, 10 October 1975 (libre 4701 folio 151) Corbett D....

418 Oak Street

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lots 13-14, Block 31 Name » Built » c1911-1914 Built by » Style » Bungalow Owner(s) » Maude E Graham, 1911 Henry K Simpson, 1914 Sallie L Walker, 1917 George F Reber, Sr, 1920 Ralph R...

204 Ridge Road

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lot 6?, Block 32 Name » Built » c. 1975-81 Built by » Style » Owner(s) » Robert B. Myers, by 1988 Remarks » Sources » Town...

117 Washington Grove Lane

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lot 4, Block 1 Name » Built » c. 1955 Built by » Style » Owner(s) » O F Moore & H S Chereskin, by 1953 Frank M. & C. A. McCathran, by 1957 (liber 2519 folio 199) David B. &...

303 Washington Grove Lane

[ House History Archive ](Old #325) Lot and Block » Lot 27, Block 3 (Old Lot 3, Block 3) Name » Built » 1962 Built by » Style » Owner(s) » Lloyd W. Jr. & M. M. Knighton, by 1966 (2938: 441) Ronald E. & Donna J. Edwards,...

407 Sixth Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Name » Built » Built by » Style » Owner(s) » Remarks » Removed c.1957-60 Sources » Town Directory,...

414 Brown Street

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lots 8,9 & p. 7, Block 25 Name » Built » c. 1913 Assessment records indicate 1900 Built by » Samuel Walker for Couch family Style » Bungalow Owner(s) » Samuel Norment, original owner...

409 Center Street

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lots 8-9, Block 28 Name » Built » 1953 Built by » Style » Cape Cod Owner(s) » Frederick L. & K.S. Wilkerson (original owner) (liber 1700 folio 68) Paul Lembesis & Meghan...

122 Chestnut Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » pt Lots 18 & 19, Block 1 Name » Built » 1959 Built by » Style » Cape Cod Owner(s) » Charles Cuffley, by 1954 C. Edwin & June B. Becraft (liber 2696 folio 393) Edwin P. Broomall Jr.,...

405 Chestnut Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lot 32, Block 6 Old Lots 9-11, Block 6 Name » Built » c. 1960-63 Built by » Style » Owner(s) » John James Brennan, original owner, c. 1957-66 Linda Buell, 1982 Remarks » Property lines...

303 First Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lot 2, Block 9 Old Lot 18?, Block 7 Name » Built » c. 1880s Assessment records indicate 1875 Built by » Style » Carpenter Gothic Owner(s) » Mrs. M W Godfrey, 1885 (#66) – original owner...

103 Grove Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lots 1-2, Block 7 Old Lots 1-2, Block B Name Holly Built » by 1885 (c.1883-5) Built by » Style » Owner(s) » Sarah C & Norman A Reid, 1888 (#35); Deeds JA11:253 & 256, JA38:108) James...

127 Grove Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lot 15, Block 7 Old Lot 15, Block B Name » Cottage-Home Built » c. 1883-5 Built by » Style » Carpenter Gothic Owner(s) » James W. Somerville, by 1885; 1890 (#206) Sarah Hyde Allen, 1891...

301 Maple Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Former: 401 Center Street; Alternate: 301 Center Street Lot and Block » Lot 1, Block 28 Name » Built » 1955 Built by » Style » Ranch/Contemporary Owner(s) » Joseph D. & Irene G. Brewer (liber 1814 folio...

419 Oak Street

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lot 1, Block 32 Name » Built » 1909 Built by » Major Samuel H. Walker Style » Owner(s) » Major Samuel H. Walker, 1912 George F Jr & Edna Reber, 1920 (liber 488 folio 26) Peggy...

301 Ridge Road

[ House History Archive ]Name » Built » Built by » Style » Owner(s) » R.J. Corruccini, 1968 James Geigerich, 1974 Kermit W. Moyer, 1978 Remarks » Annexed by Town of Washington Grove, 1995. Sources » Town Directories, Wilkerson...

119 Washington Grove Lane

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lot 5, Block 1 Name » Built » c. 1947 Built by » Style » Owner(s) » Marion T. Lillian V. Beall Jr. (liber 1004 folio 349) Remarks » Sources » House Number Plats; Town Directories;...

305 Washington Grove Lane

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lot 28, Block 3 (Old Lot 5, Block 3) Name » Built » 1962 Built by » Style » Owner(s) » Kenneth E. & P. A. Lawson, by 1966 (2947: 49) Francis O. Bliss Jr., 1978 (5115:855) Dr. Elizabeth...

409 Sixth Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lots 13-14, Block 16 Old Lots 18-19, Block 6 Name » The Dorsey Cottage Built » Assessment records indicate 1895 Built by » Style » Owner(s) » Mrs. Virginia Darby, 1893 (#324) to Maud H Dorsey...

501 Brown Street

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Name » Moondance Built » c. 1997 Built by » Style » Owner(s) » Remarks » Sources...

410 Center Street

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lot 16, Block 27 Name » Built » 1949 Built by » Edward Hogan, Builder Style » Dutch Colonial Owner(s) » Edward E. & B. L. Hogan (liber 1465 folio 101)(original owner) Bruce B. & B....

123 Chestnut Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lot 10, Block 4 Name » Built » c. 1910-1935 Built by » Style » Craftsman cottage Owner(s) » C. E. Hunt, c. 1906 (#674, lot 11) Mary C. Williamson, 6 March 1914 (#885-887, lots 11-13) Andrew...

407 Chestnut Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lot 33, Block 6 Name » Built » 1962 Built by » Style » Owner(s) » William E. & D. E. Selby, by 1964 (liber 2954 folio 11) Diane E. Selby, non-sale transfer 27 October 1971 (liber 4141...

305 First Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lots 3,4,6; Block 9 Old Lots 15-17?, Block 7 Name » Built » c. 1880s Assessment records indicate 1875 Built by » Style » Carpenter Gothic Owner(s) » Anne E. Boree, by 1893 (original owner lot...

105 Grove Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lot 3, Block 7 Old Lot 3, Block B Name » Built » Assessment records indicate 1897 Built by » Style » Owner(s) » [Thomas Somerville, original owner, pre-1886? (Cert #435) [Christina...

201 Grove Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lot 1, Block 8 Old Lots 17 & 18, Block R Name » Liberty Built » c. 1882-5 Built by » Style » Owner(s) » William A Bearman, pre-1893 (#24) William H H Smith, 1893 (#357), 1894 (TD 2:108)...

411 Grove Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lots 22-23, Block 12 Old Lots 39-42?, Block 3 Name » Built » in late 19th c Assessment records indicate 1895 Built by » Style » Owner(s) » Lot 23: Miss J S Godfrey, 1886 (Cert. #128) Warren...

104 Pine Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lot 19, Block 7 Name » Built » c1946 Built by » Constantine Eisinger Style » Owner(s) » Constantine Eisinger Leila H. Farmer, 1957 (liber 2183 folio 17) Remarks » Cemesto House built by...

303 Ridge Road

[ House History Archive ]Name » Built » Built by » Style » Owner(s) » William Becker, 1973 Charles R. Kimble Michael L. Voight, 1980 Remarks » Sources » Town Directories, Wilkerson...

121 Washington Grove Lane

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lot 6, Block 1 Name » Built » c. 1947 Built by » Style » Owner(s) » Simpers Waters, by 1957 Raymond A. & B. M. Struntz, by 1966 to at least 1988 (liber 3125 folio 347) Remarks »...

411 Washington Grove Lane

[ House History Archive ]Former: 402 Chestnut Avenue Lot and Block » Lot 16, Block 3 Name » Built » c1960-63 Built by » Style » Owner(s) » Frank R. & D.P. Wolle, 1967 (3677:7) Remarks » Land was part of holdings of August...

407 Acorn Lane

[ House History Archive ]Former: 407 Grove Avenue Lot and Block » Lots 20-21, Block 12 Old Lots 43-46, Block 3 Name » Built » c. 1886-1892 Assessment records indicate 1900 Built by » Style » Owner(s) » Lot 21 Rudolph, Harriett,...

503 Brown Street

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Name » Built » c. 1997 Built by » Style » Owner(s) » Remarks » Sources...

413 Center Street

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » pt Lots 1-4, Block 33 Name » Built » c. 1954 Built by » Style » Cape Cod Owner(s) » Douglas & Ann C. Saunders (original owner), c1954 (liber 1936 folio 172) Kenneth B. & Jaqueline...

124 Chestnut Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lots 20 & p19, Block 1 Name » Built » 1956 Built by » Style » Cape Cod Owner(s) » Julie L. & Margaret L. Faust, by 1971 (liber 2017 folio 17) Remarks » Sources » House...

411 Chestnut Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lot 35, Block 6 old Lot 15, Block 6 Name » Built » 1961 Built by » Style » Owner(s) » Louis D. & J. D. Sweadner (liber 2879 folio 433) original owner Wendell L. German, 11- 18-1964...

309 First Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lots 7,8,9; Block 9 Old Lots 10-14?, Block 7 Name » Built » 1960 Built by » Style » Contemporary Owner(s) » Lot: Effie J Ritchie, 1930 (#1149) to pre-1946 Mary J Gedney, by 1946 Vacant in...

107 Grove Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lot 4 & pt 5, Block 7 Old Lot 4, Block B Name » Built » c. 1885? Built by » Style » Owner(s) » W. B. Jackson, 1886 (#143) – original owner Dr Ephraim C. Merriam, 1893 (#355,356)...

202 Grove Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Name » Rest/Service (after 1903) Built » Built by » Hosea or Hosen B. Moulton (first owner) Style » Owner(s) » Hosea or Hosen B. Moulton (first owner) Major Samuel H. Walker 1903 for $3,000. Remarks »...

412 Grove Avenue

[ House History Archive ]also: 408 Grove Avenue Lot and Block » Lots 25-27, Block 6 Name » Built » in the 19th c. (Substantially altered-new house built around original cottage, c. 1988-90) Assessment records indicate 1920 Built by » Style...
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