14 Liberty Street, the George B. Brown house (1898)

14 Liberty Street, the George B. Brown house (1898)

The elegant Victorian house at 14 Liberty Street in Ipswich was built between 1896-98 by George B. Brown, who owned a grain mill on Washington Street

The wider floor plan and shorter elevation of this house suggests that the builders incorporated modern framing methods that were not available in the mid-1800’s when Victorian houses were still being built with post and beam construction. The house features a partial wrap-around porch and original woodwork and stairs inside.

Nancy Priest lived here before the current owner and tells us that the house started out as a one family home with a maid’s quarters in the attic. It was made into a two family, then brought back to a one family. She told us that there have not been many owners, considering the age of the house.

George B. Brown's gristmill was on a sidetrack of the B&O railroad. Some sources say it was on Brown St., but in this photo it appears to be near the intersection of Washington and Mineral Streets. Later used as a coal barn, it burned on March 11, 1976.

George B. Brown’s gristmill was on a sidetrack of the B&O railroad. Some sources say it was on Brown St., but in this photo it appears to be near the intersection of Washington and Mineral Streets. Later used as a coal barn, it burned on March 11, 1976.

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