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Ross House

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Title
Ross House
Accession Number
2017.012.0046
Type
Home
Origin
VT Div for Historic Preservation
Collection Title
1976 Historical Survey
Collection Description
Historic Structures surveyed in 1970's
Format Description
application/pdf
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This ca. 1850 (per the 1970's historic survey) Middle Road home was built by Walter Ross (1800 - 1871) & Eliza Webb (1805 - 1874).  It is possible this home was built as early as 1839.  Per research by Dawn Hance the Ross family bought the property in 1838 and the following year Walter agreed that his parents James & Abigail and sister Mercy could have a home there for $2,800.  In 1803 when Whitfield Foster (1745 - 1803) died there were two homes on the property, one likely built in 1788.  The back portion of this home may have been one of those two predecessor homes. 

Walter Ross was born in Grafton, VT and living in Shrewsbury by 1830.  Eliza was born in Hardwick, MA and living in Shrewsbury by 1820.  They were in Clarendon by sometime in the 1830's.  Edward Butler (1864 - 1913) & Elizabeth Trombley (1869 - ) owned the home next.  The Pratt family bought the farm in 1914 following Edward Butler's death in 1913.  At the time of the 1976 historic survey the farm was owned by Richard Chambers.  In 2000 the house burned down.  Additional information on the farm and barns can be found in the Barns collection under the Pratt Farm and Pratt Barns entries.

Details of this house from the historic survey can be found at the link above.  A photo from the 1976 historic survey is below as is an undated photo of the same era as the cover photo, both from the Town archives.  A drawing of the floorplan from the Pratt era taken from Pratt Family, Growing Up In Vermont published in 2008 by Kathy Scott Scott can be found at the very bottom. The very bottom photo is courtesy of the Rutland Historic Society

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