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True Town House

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1875, True A. Town. 1345 VT 215 South, Lower Cabot village
  • (Photograph by Curtis B. Johnson, C. B. Johnson Photography)
  • (Photograph by Curtis B. Johnson, C. B. Johnson Photography)

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.

Writing Credits

Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson


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Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson, "True Town House", [Marshfield, 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, 294-295.

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