Vacationing at the Amos Brown House of 1802 is special because it is the oldest house in Whitingham, Vermont. While the area at that time must have been heavily forested, Amos Brown chose to build his home in the more stylish material of brick, which was fabricated on site. Designed with elements of the Federal style, the first style of the new American republic, the house also retained features that were common from the 17th century in New England.
The farm prospered and in the 1870s the house was expanded with the addition of a summer kitchen and pantry, porch, woodshed, chicken coop, barn, and 4-seater outhouse, all of which remain virtually unchanged. Despite the fact that by this date Vermont had been nearly deforested for sheep farming, these additions were constructed with wood.
By the late 19th century the farm began to decline, following the trend of agriculture in New England, and in the 1930s farming at this site ceased. Soon afterwards the farm became home to Carthusian monks, a contemplative order founded in France. For nearly 20 years, the monks lived in shacks in the woods and held services and prepared meals in the house. By the 1990s the Amos Brown house had declined considerably and was abandoned. The owner gave the house to the local historical society.
The Landmark Trust USA acquired the property in 2000 from the historical society and was home to its first visitors in 2003, after 2 years of restoration.
Plan you next vacation at the Amos Brown House:
- Sleeps 6
- Prices range from $275 – $300 per night
- Minimum stay: 2 nights
- Dogs are welcome, but please no more than 2
By the time of the Trust’s acquisition of this property in 2000, the house had seriously deteriorated. Inappropriate repairs and alterations in the 1960s and 1970s had weakened the brick walls leading to severe cracking and small areas of collapse. Poor drainage had also caused significant rot.
So serene was the location and so unaltered were the barns and sheds that The Landmark Trust USA determined the Amos Brown House well worth saving. We reversed the later changes and discovered many clues of the house history. These clues enabled us to accurately rebuild the stairway and the four chimneys that had been removed.
In order to repair the brickwork in the most historically accurate manner, the Trust decided to import a mason from England who was expert with historic mortars. Our master mason worked with local masons teaching them about historic lime mortars instead of the portland cement mortars used today.
The Amos Brown House of 1802 today tells a tale of 200 years of rural Vermont life and is also testament to careful and thoughtful repair work by dedicated craftsmen.
This brick cape-style home is cozy and quiet. Sitting in a rocking chair on the front porch, you may see more people go by on horses than in cars on an average summer day. The house retains much of its original detail and is furnished with period furniture. You can transport yourself back in time when exploring its connected barns and sheds, the summer kitchen and pantry, or the four-seater outhouse, all of which remain virtually unchanged.
Your accommodations for 6 will include:
- 3 bedrooms with 2 full baths
- Open pasture, hay fields, mixed hardwood forests, and marvelous old roadway meandering through the woods
- Fully equipped kitchen including dishwasher
- Washer and dryer
- Gas log fireplace and plenty of books
- Games & jigsaw puzzles
Amos Brown House floor plan:
Number of people: Sleeps 6
Prices range from: $275.00 – $300.00 per night
Minimum stay: Three nights
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The Amos Brown House graces its setting.
Amos Brown House 1009 Saddada Road Whitingham, VT 05361
What to do.
For outdoor enthusiasts the setting is perfect with hiking, skiing or bicycling available out the door. In addition, the south end of the Harriman Reservoir is just under 6 miles to the north, a fabulously large body of water for canoeing, boating, & water skiing. The shoreline is completely undeveloped allowing ample undisturbed areas for bird and wildlife.
The town of Jacksonville, 6 miles north offers the Jacksonville General Store, Honora Winery, Whitingham Farmers Market, and Spoonwood Cabin Creamery. The Farmers Market runs every Friday, 4 – 7, though October 9th. Whitingham also hosts a number of potters and artisan shops and this information is available at the website.
A short half hour drive east will take you to the Marlboro College campus where you can enjoy the Marlboro Music Festival during their performance season, a spectacular arrangement of orchestral and chamber music performances. An hour south on route 100 will take you to Mass MoCA, a restored industrial warehouse offering art, music, and sculpture in an amazing setting.
History buffs can enjoy the Bennington Museum which houses a wonderful collection describing the American Revolution in this region. In Hartford, CT, you will find the Mark Twain House & Museum, his house decorated by Tiffany of New York, and you might also discover the depth of friendship he held with Rudyard Kipling.
The best source of information for activities and events scheduled in the Deerfield Valley/Wilmington area is the Southern Vermont Deerfield Valley Chamber of Commerce. They are able to run a weekly or bi-weekly update on events throughout the year.
Naturally, you can always call us, 802 254 6868.