True A. Town, the son of a carriage manufacturer in South Woodbury, returned to Vermont after the Civil War and acquired the dam and water rights of a former starch factory at the south end of Lower Cabot village. There he began a sawmill and woodworking business with his comrade-in-arms Herman Osgood, manufacturing lumber and specialty items including boot forms, coffins, and caskets. In 1873 he acquired a lot adjacent to the road and began building this asymmetrical cruciform-plan, wood-frame, Gothic Revival house, producing both the design and the materials himself. It is distinguished by steeply pitched gables, ornate scroll-sawn vergeboard, and window surrounds with twin pointed arches. In 1878, Town completed the house next door to the north, deeding it to his foreman Osgood, in exchange for a mortgage. It is likely that Town also contributed to the 1868 Wiswell House (WA9) and other Gothic-styled houses in Cabot village.
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