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Harmon House

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c. 1785–1800. VT 30, 0.25 miles south of VT 133, Pawlet village
  • (Photograph by Curtis B. Johnson, C. B. Johnson Photography)

Ezekial Harmon settled in Pawlet in the early 1770s and served as a sergeant in the Pawlet militia during the Hubbardton to Saratoga campaign in 1777. After the war he built a wood-frame house along the banks of the Mettowee River. Like many of the larger houses and public buildings raised during the 1780s, it probably took a decade or more to finish inside and out. The remaining twelve-over-twelve sash windows and stylish exterior ornament appear to date from the last years of the eighteenth century. The hand-carved Scamozzi capitals on the corner pilasters, the entrance surround with similar pilasters that support a broken pediment, the modillions, the dentils, and the repeating circle-and-leaf pattern applied around the door indicate the high level of late Georgian embellishment then popular in the Mettowee Valley. Titus Cook, the master-builder responsible for the Congregational (1798) and Baptist (1800) churches in Pawlet, who lived in a fine house with a similar cornice near the New York state line, is one possible source of the design. Inside, the traditional center-chimney plan provided for a basement baking hearth, two parlor hearths, and a great-kitchen hearth at the rear on the first floor, as well as two hearths that served the two best chambers on the second floor. All of them remain.

Writing Credits

Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson


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Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson, "Harmon House", [Pawlet, Vermont], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Vermont

Buildings of Vermont, Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 99-99.

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