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Carpenter House circa 1860
Carpenter House circa 1860

A History of the Carpenter House by Meghan

The Governor Carpenter’s homestead is a very beautiful home. It was built in the year 1772 and has much history. This house includes a birthing room, a smoke house and an old courtroom. To me it shows much character and a past filled with many stories.

The current owners of this home are Mr. and Mrs. Feldstein. They showed me around their historic home and told me about all of its furnishings. ( I interviewed them )

First of all I was shown the two kitchens. You see in the colonial days houses had two kitchens one for the summer and one for the wintertime. The one for winter was closer to the inner part of the house, the one for the summer time was set in the outer parts of the house.

The birthing room, which is full of windows and is located next to the main fireplace was guaranteed warmth throughout the seasons. In this house their were many fireplaces that all branched out from one main chimney. The main fireplace was used for cooking. It is very big and has a bread warmer branching off of it. A bread warmer is used for baking bread.

While walking through the house I noticed many metal hooks hanging from the ceilings. Mrs. Feldstein told me that they were used for hanging lanterns. I then went upstairs and was shown the bedrooms. Then I went all the way up to the attic. Mr. Feldstein showed me the smoke house and a water storage device that was used in the late 1700’s. Another thing that interested me was the intricate designs on the trimmings all around the house. They are a perfect example of what a house would have had for its decorative furnishings. I will also say that you do not see such creative and intricate designs today. Another thing was the hand shaved and shaped beams that held up the house some even still had the bark from the tree on them.

While I was viewing this house I also learned more about Governor Carpenter. Mrs. Feldstein told me that Benjamin Carpenter held a court on the top floor I was showed the winding steps that led up to the old courtroom. Now the once courtroom is split into two rooms and used as bedrooms.

The Feldstein’s house also has another rare feature. It has a very elaborate Palladian window. Only three other houses in Vermont have these. Which makes it even more unique. Another thing is the piazza that Mrs. Feldstein’s suspects was once the front entrance. The Feldstein’s home also has a carriage house where the carriages would have been kept. In this carriage house was an outhouse which was shut tight thank-goodness!

On the outside there are many well kept hiking trails, two man made ponds, well kept gardens and a very interesting building that is made of stone except for the roof. No one knows what it is used for. I suspect that it was maybe used to store milk or anything that needed to be chilled.

I was also told of a story while I was visiting. It involved Ethan Allen he supposedly was said to have slept in the front yard garden. Another interesting story is about the barn that was across the street, it was burned down on the fourth of July and the foundation and front steps are still there!

I think that the Governor Carpenter’s Home is very important and should be remembered through time. It shows great history and history is the key to our past.