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13. John Smith House, c. 1750 – 53 John Street
Cape Cod Cottage
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This is a one-story frame residence with four-bay façade, wood corner boards, side-gabled roof, central red-brick masonry chimney, and one story ell on the south (side) elevation. There is a one-story vestibule with side-gabled roof connecting a one-story one-bay garage to the north (side) elevation of the main block. Fenestration consists of one-over-one doublehung sash with grille inserts. The entries to the home are currently located in the ell and vestibule, the original entry, likely found on the façade has since been obscured. The building is sheathed in horizontal board siding.

Although this home has been altered through the installation of modern windows and additions to the side elevations, it retains much of its historic character as a Cape Cod Cottage-style residence. Built c. 1750, the house is present on maps from 1859 and 1874, and on the latter is listed as the property of John Smith. The 1870 census records list the 68-year old Smith as a cooper. By 1930, the residence was that of 82-year old Mark Smith, who was unemployed. Local records indicate that Smith long served as the Town Clerk and operated the office from his home.