The Martin Keith House (1807) is a fine Federal era specimen that stood for two centuries near Rock Village in Middleborough Massachusetts. The home was built by housewright Aaron Simmons Sherman of Marshfield, known for the impeccable Thomas Ruggles House (1818-20) at Columbia Falls, Maine, which bears a remarkable resemblance.
The Keith house was damaged by a fire in 1941, and by 1990 was barely salvageable with rotted sills and interior damage.
The house barely escaped destruction. In 1990 Richard B. Hall who calls the Martin Keith House his “favorite house in all of New England” disassembled it and stored it in a barn on Cape Cod. In 1995 sympathetic buyers from Ipswich recognized the architectural significance of the house and agreed to have it restored on their Candlewood Road property. Read a complete story about this house and its restoration in Ipswich.
Ipswich historic maps refer to this as the former Elisha Brown property. Elisha Brown was a weaver, and a town selectman in 1771. He died in 1798 at the age of 90. His son Elisha Brown Jr. was among other residents of Candlewood Road who fought in the Revolutionary War.
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