This house is representative of the work of Ebenezer Pomeroy “Pom” Colton, its builder and original owner. His father, John Colton, came to Irasburg from Fairlee, settling c. 1845. Here he owned and operated a sawmill on the Black River, which he operated with his brother John D. Colton. Both became accomplished builders, carpenters, and woodworkers and constructed all of the covered bridges in Irasburg, Coventry, and neighboring towns, as well as scores of houses in the area. Pom also became prominent as a state representative, a founder of the state grange, and lieutenant governor from 1878 to 1880. He acquired a sawmill in northern Norwood, New York, and shipped its products to Newport and Barton Landing for his construction projects, including this house. The mansard-roofed house has a pair of two-story bay windows on one side, a design formula that became Colton's trademark and that was replicated with variations on at least a dozen houses from Craftsbury to Newport.
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E. P. Colton House
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