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Sheffield House

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Before 1700 and later. 600 West Beach Rd.

Parts of this low, one-and-one-half-story gambrel-roofed house, reputed to be the oldest residence in Charlestown, may date from as early as 1685. Built by a member of the Stanton family of original settlers, the house retains the name of an in-law, Nathaniel Sheffield, to whom it was deeded in 1753. Its large stone chimney, off-center entry, and shingled mass make it a clear example of the early architecture of this area, but recent alterations and large ell additions have changed the original plan of the house.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Sheffield House", [Charlestown, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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