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Old May 29, 2005, 10:34 AM   #1
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This was the town's second school, built 1837 from local rock.


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Just what the doctor ordered... Dr. Osgood, 1840
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Simon Blake, 1812. The front porch is probably 1920s. The house is a common New England type - big house, small house, back house (not what you might think, but a workshop), barn, all connected. Big house was usually the original, small house was built when the kids grew up and married. All were connected in deference to the winters around here.
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Yellow house - 1812.
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Framingham Village Hall, 1834.
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Nice house pics.DG. I like the pic of the second house best. Also thanx for all the info about the houses.
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Old May 30, 2005, 9:07 AM   #7
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Nice house pictures.I love old houses,we have a lot of the New England style houses here in Kentucky(copy cats aren't we ?) We call those connected L shape houses shotgun houses,but don't ask me why !!!!

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Nice shots, DG. I really like the 2nd one. Those big old New England houses are magnificent.

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Old May 30, 2005, 8:48 PM   #9
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Thankyou DG. I can't speak for anyone but me, I never get enough of old houses. Great shots too!! I know that area of the country was settled a lot sooner than where I live but it seems that Athens and Framingham are close in age.


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bigdawg wrote:
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seems that Athens and Framingham are close in age.


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Athens, Alabama, I'm guessing... there's another Athens that's a heck of a lot older...

There are only a few old houses left in Framingham. Even though this whole area is full of good-size chunks of granite dragged in by the glaciers, almost all the early houses were made of wood, or wood and brick. No matter how careful you are, wood doesn't last in the snows of winter or the wet springtimes here. Compare that to the Maryland area, where stone houses are all over the place.

One element that I didn't know until recently is that our "colonial" style houses would have been considered very old-fashioned in England -- our colonial homes are only slightly updated medieval English styles. The 1812 number above was extremely old-fashioned by that date... a 300 year old design... and probably much looked down on by those who could afford the more classical embellishments like Dr. Osgood or, a bit later, the full Greek revival (a la the Village Hall).
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