This little 1 liZ-story house, with its flared-gambrel roof, is the only example in Marlborough of a mid-eighteenth-century gambrel-roofed Cape Cod cottage. The flared front plane of the roof sweeps down over a low-walled facade, three bays wide (a painting reproduced in Bigelow [p. 150] shows a facade with five bays.) The diminutive center chimney is a replacement for a much larger one, and the pair of small, shed-roofed dormers and 6-over-l and 6-over-2 window sash are relatively new. The main entry has a plain, molded surround, and a door with six recessed panels, and glass in the top two.
This building eventually took on the form of an "extended farmhouse". A 1 1I2-story, shed- dormered section with a long glassed-in facade porch links the old house to a larger, higher gable- end structure that may have been a barn. Both these sections were probably standing by 1900, although several of their additions, including a one-bay extension along most of the east side, may be later. Windows in these sections are 2-over-2, 6-over-l, and 6-over-6-sash.
The source of the 1760 construction date given on the 1978 inventory form is unknown. If Ella Bigelow is to be believed, this house could have been built as early as 1752. (Bigelow 180). The form and style of the house, however, suggest that it could have been built anytime in the middle ofthe eighteenth century. Its first owner was undoubtedly Lt. Jacob Felton (1712-1789), who came to Marlborough in 1738. He settled on a farm on the old "Great Road" (later the Boston Post Road) just east of today's Felton Street, at about the point where Route 495 now divides the west part of Marlborough from the rest of the city. He had two wives, Sarah Barrett, who died in 1742 at the age of 27, and Hezediah (Howe), whom he married in 1749 and who lived to be nearly 94 years old. It is most likely that the house was built shortly after his second marriage. Jacob Felton was a Selectman in 1777, and his rank of Lieutenant probably comes from service during the French and Indian War.
Jacob and Hezeiiah's son, Stephen Felton (1752-1827), was the next owner. In 1802, in preparation for replacing this little house.with a much larger one, he apparently sold it to Samuel Brown (1763- 1817). who moved it several rods west, to its prese.nt location. He and his wife, Elizabeth, raised their nine children here near what, in their time, was caned the "Brown School" (later the Rice School, for District #4). (Cont.)
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