Laura Wade House // 1935

This charming cottage in Dorset is one of four houses in the village which were moved here by Charles Wade in the 1920s and ‘30s. Wade was born in Dorset and saw declining population with the marble industry failing. He sought to re-invigorate the town by advertising its natural beauty and brought in homes and buildings from nearby to fill the “missing teeth” (including the building that presently houses the Dorset Historical Society). Assembled from parts of various Enfield, Massachusetts buildings moved to Dorset this 1½-story, wood-framed, clapboard house stands on a marble ashlar foundation and is said to have been built by Wade for his daughter, Laura Wade.

3 thoughts on “Laura Wade House // 1935

  1. Marlin Williams October 26, 2022 / 10:18 am

    How were those houses moved at that early date? Were they disassembled in NY, then put back together in Vt? It must have been quite an expense, and an engineering challenge.

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    • Buildings of New England October 26, 2022 / 11:01 am

      I would guess they were disassembled after being documented and rebuilt nearby. This was the time of trucks so they could have been cut in pieces and transported too!


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