Known as the George L. Chesbro Home, this house was constructed between 1855 and 1868. It has been the home of a number of noted people including Reverend Henry V. Emmons, a retired congregational minister who purchased the home in 1902 and lived there until his death in 1912. Reverend Emmons was known to be a friend of Emily Dickinson. The house and barn have recently been deemed "eligible" for historic restriction by the Massachusetts Historical Commission for architectural merit. See the Massachusetts Historical Commission Link for a more specific historical narrative about this house.
Set in an oasis in the Stirrup Brook neighborhood, within a setting out of Currier and Ives, this stately 2nd Century Empire home with mansard roof sits proudly upon a knoll overlooking Bartlett Pond, directly across the street. This home has prescence! The circular, stone-wall lined drive brings you to a three-car, two story garage/barn, in addition to the three-story house.
A truly satisfying and rewarding project for the antique home lover, this unspoiled home is in need of restoration. Some estimates have already been obtained.
Much of the original woodwork is present, including a stunning three story mahogany banister which is set off by the grand entry hall. Hard wood floors throughout. Interior and exterior dentil moldings abound. Scrolls and quoins, recently restored fishtail slate roofing and chimneys, multiple walk-out bay windows. Views form the fourth floor cupola are amazing!
Floor plan flows from kitchen to formal dining (with butler’s pantry) to parlor and fireplaced den or family room.
The original laundry is complete with large soap stone sink, and the traditional ‘three-holer’ is found in the back wood shed! Three dated baths featuring claw footed tubs are located, one on each floor.
Located in central Massachusetts one hour due west from Boston in Northborough, the home is currently situated on approximately 1.5 acres. The house sits well back from the street, and is within close proximity to Algonuin Regional High School, town center, and commuting routes 20, 290, and 495. Neighboring homes are valued in the $600-800,000 range.
Second Empire Architecture
The Mania for Mansards
Restoring a Second Empire
MASS Historical Society