Historic Homes Charlestown New Hampshire-Part 1, Home Buyer are you planing on buying and liven in a home thats part of our fine American History? Then you'll want to come to the Town of Charlestown, New Hampshire. Which you will not only be able to buy and live in a Historic Home, but you will also be able to live in one of New Hampshire's fineness villages, and one of the largst Historic Districts, in all of the State. And possible all of New England.
Come be my guest and pull up a chair and relax and enjoy a nice cool glass of sweet tea or glass of freshly squeezed lemonade, as we explore the History of the Hassam Home which was a huge contribution to the Historical District here in the Town of Charlestown, New Hampshire.
Historic Homes Charlestown New Hampshire-Part 1, back in 1800 Mr. Stephen Hassam bought lot number 56, from one Mr. John Powers for the sum of $200.00. And then in 1820 he built a home on the lot, this was the second home he had built for his family, their first home was located on lot number 3, which was tore down in order to build the Charlestown Volunteer Fire Department Station, that sure is a real shame to lose a peace of American and Charlestown History.
Many of the Historic Homes on Main Street Charlestown, New Hampshire still have Concrete horse hitching posts out in front of the sidewalk. As you can see in this photo.
This home's structure has changed very little from the original, it did have a new roof put on it a few years ago, and the owner has been working on do-en a restoration project of the home. It still has its wide floor boards, hand carved mouldings, fire-places and the brick oven is still in the home, although its boarded up. Mr. Hassam originally had built a particularly attractive doorway for his family's new home, which was a louvered fan crowned by a broken pediment porch fluted by Doric columns, with double doors that had upper leaded glass windows.
Historic Homes Charlestown New Hampshire-Part 1, During the days of hoop skirts Mrs. Hassam complained to Mr. Hassam that she could not get through the door way without opening both panels so Mr. Hassam, was at the time builden a winter stoop enclosure addition to the Stevens home, incorporated the double doors at this home and built a new sold door for his family's home, which is the present door of the home still. Because few alterations have been made to this home, its early beginnings have not been destroyed. The home still has its original hardware, window and door pediment, floors, plaster, chair rails, and a mammoth center chimney serving five fireplaces, including a kitchen cooking hearth with a beehive oven. The narrow brick hearths are all still in place.
To support all of this, there is a chimney base in the celler of the home, with arches wide enough to surround a good sized room. The outer walls of the base had been built into shelves for storage. This home has one of the most interesting cellars within Charlestown with its stoned up walls and a dirt floor that has huge flat stones scattered on it. In the attic, the chimney was reduced in size inorder to go through the roof by an intricate and beautifully laid pattern of bricks.
Historic Homes Charlestown New Hampshire-Part 1, the rear section of the second floor of the home, is broken up into several smaller rooms which is unlike the usual colonial arrangement of bedrooms. More than likely it was necessary to do this inorder to provide sleeping room for all the Hassam children. Mr. Hassam had ten children with two wives, each wife born him five children each. It had always been thought that Mr. Hassam also had his workshop with a vaulted ceiling at his home, but it was not evident until one of the ceilings had been torn down that revealed an arch of great height, which was used to handle work on long boards, strips of trim, and many other projects.
Although Mr. Hassam started his career in Charlestown as a watch and clockmaker, he soon turned to the construction business. In two phases, one of brick structures, and the second of wood frame homes, he completed about ten local buildings or large additions to existing homes. These were the Murray Home on lot number 3, the first two stories of the Eagle Hotel, which he actually named the Hassam's Stage House, which is gone now, the Hubbard Memorial on lot number 39, the Hunt Home on lot number 33, the old bank building on lot 121, the Judge Sumner home on lot number 55, the Enos Stevens Home on lot number 31, the South Parish Unitarian Church on lot number 49, the Adams home on the Bellows Falls Road, which had one of his wall clocks.
Historic Homes Charlestown New Hampshire-Part 1, Althought Mr. Hassam was a skilled mechanic with the clever carving fingers, with the aqrchitectural know-how, and the management of time, his talents did not at all come with a knowledge of business. In his later life, Mr. Hassam's very poor investments rose to meet him. Added to his financial problems, his oldest son died, and Mrs. Hassam was committed to an asylum for the insane. The death of Mr. Hassam in 1861, was one of sadness, poverty, and despair, but Mr. Stephen Hassam left the Town of Charlestown with a never-to-be-forgotten inheritance.
After Mr. Hassam's death, his home was sold to Mr. Israel Abbott and his son, Harvey, still occupied the home in 1862, but soon after the home became the propery of Mr. Watson who sold to Mrs. Granville Harris in 1866. Mrs. Harris and her daughter, Lizzie Burk Clarke operated the home as a boarding house for summer guests. Lizzie knowen of the History of the double doors, and the hoop skirts being outmoded, did her best to buy the double doors back but without success in do-en so.
Historic Homes Charlestown New Hampshire-Part 1, in the course of time the Stevens Home with contents was put up at public auction and the double doors were bought by one Mr. Ingles Lynch only to end up being placed in storage. When one Mr. Gregory built his new home on West Street, he bought the double doors, and the door now makes a very decorative front entrance to that home to this day.
Remember when you buy a Charlestown, New Hampshire Historical Home, you are buying and preserving a peace of American History. So why not look at the Town of Charlestown, New Hampshire's Historic Home District.
Historic Homes Charlestown New Hampshire-Part 2
Historic Homes Charlestown New Hampshire-Part 3
Historic Homes Charlestown New Hampshire-Part 4
Historic Homes Charlestown New Hampshire-Part 5
Historic Homes Charlestown New Hampshire-Part 6
Historic Homes Charlestown New Hampshire-Part 7
Link to The Town of Charlestown, New Hampshire website
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