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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...

401 Brown Street

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lot 1 [& pt 2?], Block 26 Name » Built » Assessment records indicate 1943 Built by » Major Walker Style » Colonial Revival Owner(s) » Frank W. & Julia B. McNamara, by 1946 through...

105 Center Street

[ House History Archive ]Name » Built » Built by » Style » Owner(s) » Remarks » Removed c.1969-76, after construction of adjacent 101 Center Street Sources » Town...

115 Chestnut Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lot 6, Block 4 Name » Built » Assessment records indicate c. 1895 Built by » Style » Carpenter Gothic Owner(s) » Robert S. Bains (trustee), by 1946 John D. & M. S. Watkins, by 1968 (Deed...

306 Chestnut Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lot 25, Block 3 old Lot 14, Block 3 Name » Built » 1962 Built by » Style » Minimal Traditional Owner(s) » Garrison W. & E. W. Bell, by 1962 (liber 2929 folio 627) Remarks » Nearly...

409 Fifth Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lots 8-9, Block 17 Old Lots 36-37, Block 5 Name » Built » c. 1909 Built by » Style » Owner(s) » Mary A Barnes, 1886 (#126) Sarah P Barnes, 1894 (#377) Caroline Ober, 1894 (#380) Mary J Coe,...

419 Fourth Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lots 7-8, Block 14 Old Lots 26-27, Block 4 Name » Built » Part of structure built by 1896. Built by » Style » Material: fieldstone Owner(s) » Samuel P Heinline, 1885 – original owner...

122 Grove Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lot 26 & pt 25, Block 4 Old Lots 28 & 29, Block A Name » Built » c. 1883-5 Built by » Style » Owner(s) » J. W. Wade – original George Thomas Woodward, by 1886 (#19) Helen M....

402 Grove Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lots 19-20, Block 6 Name » Mulberry Cottage Built » Built by » Style » Owner(s) » Alvan T. Tracy, 1891, original owner (#252) Dr. Merton A English, 1908 (#716) M Estelle Walker, 1914 (#903)...

127 Maple Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lots 12-15, Block 26 Name » Built » 1964 Built by » Dane Smith, Builder Style » Owner(s) » Dr. Charles M. Horan (first owner) (liber 2646 folio 288) Remarks » Previous 3-room cottage on...

118 Ridge Road

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lot 12, Block 31 Name » Built » c. 1954 Built by » Style » Owner(s) » Wilburn O. Rose, 1957 to present (liber 1405 folio 134) Remarks » Appears in assessment records as Lot 12 &...

15 The Circle

[ House History Archive ](alt. No. 62) Lot and Block » Lots 6,7,8, Block 16 Old Lots 7-9, Block 6 Name » Built » c. 1875-85 Assessment records indicate 1875 Built by » Style » Owner(s) » Emmons, original owner (by 1886) Jos. W....

213 Washington Grove Lane

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lots 5-6, Block 2 Name » Built » 1938 Built by » Style » Owner(s) » Ralph W & Ruth E Offutt, by 1946 John F. & Gladys M. Thompson, by 1953 (1099:318) Kenneth Stricklett & Jean...

405 Brown Street

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lots 3 & p.2&4;, Block 26 Name » Balla Thur Built » 1914 Built by » Samuel Walker Style » Colonial Revival Owner(s) » Henry L & Barbara A Strang, 1891 – original owners (Lots...

118 Chestnut Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lots p15, 16, Block 1 Name » Built » 1964 Built by » Style » Owner(s) » Leslie E. & Velda E. Schmidl, after 1946 (liber 1025 folio 179) Keith L. Seegmiller, 16 January 1964 (liber 3177...

400 Chestnut Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lot 26, Block 3 old Lot 15, Block 3 Name » Built » c. 1963-66 Built by » Style » Owner(s) » Mrs. Davies (original owner) E. Warren & Jane L. Thomas, 9 March 1966 (liber 3476 folio 591)...

416 Fifth Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lot 9, Block 14 Old Lots 20-22?, Block 4 Name » Built » 1898 Built by » Style » Carpenter Gothic Owner(s) » H C Ward, 1893 (#349) Elizabeth M, Emma L, & Mrs Eleanor B. Wilson, c. 1893...

123 Grove Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lot 13, Block 7 Old Lot 13, Block B Name » Built » in the 19th c. Assessment records indicate 1895 Built by » Style » Owner(s) » Stewart, [no stock, name crossed off 1886 plat] R. H. Willett,...

404 Grove Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lots 21-22, Block 6 Name » Built » c. 1892 Built by » Style » Owner(s) » Lucinda E Bushby et al, c1891 – original owner (#271), 1899 (#533; Deed TD 8:152) James C Bushby, 1892 (#313),...

205 Maple Avenue

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lots 1-4, Block 27 Old Lots pt9, 10,11, Block I Name » Built » possibly c. 1885-90 Built by » Style » Owner(s) » Eltinge Elmore, 1916, first owner of shares connected with Lot 2 (#976) Amelia...

410 Oak Street

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lot 29-30, Block 26 Name » Built » c. 1940 Built by » Style » Cape Cod Owner(s) » David R & Frances N Grogan, by 1946 Carlisle W. & M. R. Franck Jr, by 1954 (liber 1571 folio 265)...

17 The Circle

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lots 2 & 4, Block 17 Old Lots 2-5 & 45-46, Block 5 Name » Built » c. 1875-85 Assessment records indicate 1875 Built by » Style » Owner(s) » Thomas Somerville, 1894 (original owner...

215 Washington Grove Lane

[ House History Archive ]Lot and Block » Lots 7-8, Block 2 Name » Built » c1913 Built by » Major Samuel H. Walker Style » Owner(s) » Rosalie Walker, original owner, 1910 (#750) Sallie L Walker, 1917 thru at least 1933 (#987) John W....

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...
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