Israel L. Spencer House // c.1855

The Spencer family emigrated from Braintree, England to America in 1638, with Thomas Spencer settling in Hartford, Connecticut in 1640. Thomas Spencer Jr., the second generation in Connecticut moved to modern-day Suffield in the 1670s. Generations later, Israel L. Spencer (1833-1887) became a businessman and politician, later being employed at the First National Bank in Suffield, continuing the family’s legacy in town. Mr. Spencer had this Italianate house on South Main Street built for him and his family. Israel’s son Charles L. Spencer grew up in the home, later following in his father’s footsteps becoming the president of the local bank. Sadly, the home has seen better days, hopefully it can be restored and maintained in the future!

Rudolphus Johnson House // 1823

This stately Federal house was built in 1823 for Rudolphus B. Johnson, a merchant, whaler and owner of a local wharf in town. The two and a half story house with five bay facade is framed with quoins and topped with a hipped roof and monitor. The center entry is elaborate with an elliptical blind fan above the door, fluted pilaster strips and a prominent lintel shelf.

Solomon Spaulding House // c.1830

Thought to be the oldest brick building north of the Nashua River in the city of Nashua, this Federal and Greek transitional house of red brick and granite trim stands out. The home was built for Solomon Spaulding when he was just 23 years old! Spaulding was a merchant who eventually worked in banking, becoming president of the New Hampshire Banking Company, before becoming a judge. In the 1880s, likely after Spaulding’s death, a Victorian front porch was added with stickwork that follows the symmetry of the front facade.