Tag: Historic Houses

Purchasing More than One House Tour Ticket?  Simple!

Purchasing More than One House Tour Ticket? Simple!

If you are using our on-line ordering form to purchase your House Tour tickets we ask that you purchase each ticket individually.

TICKETS – https://lchistorical.wordpress.com/programs-events/historic-house-tour/historic-house-tour-order-form/Lunt_House portrait-2

You may also buy your ticket in person at the Wilbor House Museum (548 West Main Road, LC), by phone 401-635-4035, or by mail with the form you may print from the website.

On-line, phone and mail-order tickets will be held for you.

You may pick them up on the day of the event at Wydfield Farm if you are attending the Patron’s Brunch or beginning at 11 a.m. at the Little Compton Community Center on the town Commons at the Little Compton for the regular tour.

Historic House Tour – Two More Days to Have Your Tickets Mailed To You

Historic House Tour – Two More Days to Have Your Tickets Mailed To You

Order your Advance House Tour Tickets on or before September 10th and we will mail them to you.

Tickets purchased after September 10th may be picked up at the Little Compton Community Center (on The Commons) starting at 11 am on the day of the tour.

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Regular Ticket   $35

Patron’s Ticket  $100 includes ticket, brunch and guide book

Buy in-person at the Wilbor House, 548 West Main Road

Order by Phone 401-635-4035

Order on line https://littlecompton.org/programs-events/historic-house-tour/historic-house-tour-order-form/

Learn more about the House Tour https://littlecompton.org/programs-events/historic-house-tour/

Tickets Available to Patron’s Brunch at Wyndfield Farm

Tickets Available to Patron’s Brunch at Wyndfield Farm

The Little Compton Historical Society has a long history of offering historic house tours. This year for the first time we are also Dora's house (2)offering a special Patron’s Brunch prior to the tour.

On Sunday, September 20, 2015 generous donors who have purchased a Patron’s ticket at either the silver or gold level will be welcomed at Wyndfield Farm, the home of Little Compton Historical Society Board President Dora Millikin. Patrons will be treated to a delicious brunch catered by The Westporter, self-guided tours of Wyndfield Farm, a ticket to the historic house tour taking place that day in Little Compton and a copy of the Historical Society’s new book “The Stories Houses Tell” that explores the history of each of houses on the tour.

Anyone interested in supporting the work of the Little Compton Historical Society is welcome to purchase a Patron’s ticket at the $100 or $250 level, and may do so in person at the Wilbor House Museum (548 West Main Road, LC, RI)  by calling 401-635-4035 or visiting littlecompton.org. The brunch takes place from 10 am to noon and is immediately followed by the Little Compton Historic House Tour from noon to 5 pm.

Tickets – https://littlecompton.org/programs-events/historic-house-tour/

Dora's cows (2)Located in nearby Westport, MA with a breathtaking view of the Westport River, Wyndfield farm is home to a number of historic buildings including two that have recently been saved from demolition by Dora and her husband Trip.

Wren House, an impressive Federal-style home, is the newest addition to the property. Originally build in 1709 on Horseneck Road in Westport, the home was dismantled in 1835 and rebuilt as a larger Federal-style home reusing the same materials by the Frederick Allen family.

For most of its history the house was a quiet New England farmers’ residence, but in recent years it served as a movie set that included an explosive pyrotechnical scene that burned the home’s Victorian-era windows.

In 2012 the building was slated for demolition. Due to building codes the family that owned the building could not maintain its structural integrity for use as a commercial space. A demo delay ruling left just one month to find new owners who could move and preserve the building.

Dora and Trip Millikin came forward. They were given the house for free and paid a nominal fee for its cut granite foundation stones. They hired Steve Tyson of the Architectural Preservation Group to take the house apart in four quadrants according to the original timber and peg framing so that no beams needed to be cut. The sections including four original fireboxes and chimneys traveled on a flatbed truck to its current location on Wyndfield Farm. Each timber and plank had been numbered and were now carefully reassembled on the original foundation stones purchased by the Millikins.

The couple christened the building “Wren House” because a pair of wrens claimed it as their home during the reconstruction process. While planning this preservation effort, the Millikins were also given the Blossom Farm Barn from Blossom Road in Fall River.  Timbers from this structure were repurposed to create a garage, a mudroom and a two story ell.

Visitors to the Wren House will see its early eighteenth-century summer beams, original pegged sheathing, hearths, exposed timbers, floors, and hardware.  A great deal is known about the Wren House because of a Journal kept by Federick Allen Junior during its construction. The Millikins are now the proud owners of the journal and have enjoyed tracing the history of their new home.

Dora’s art studio is another rescued historic building on the property. It consists of a late eighteen-century barn made of American Chestnut and rescued from Depot Street in North Attleboro. Additions to the barn were made using timbers from an early house from Cranston, RI. The iron work used throughout the studio was created by Westport artist Tony Newton Millham of Star Forge.

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Photos by Bart Brownell

New Book Available Locally and on Amazon

New Book Available Locally and on Amazon

LCHS2015Cover_front_lorresA new local history book published by the Historical Society tells the stories of nine historic houses including the Wilbor House, the Seaconnet House, the Lunt House, the  Strobell-Goodrich Cottage, the # 4 School House, the Huntoon House, the Marsh House and the Head House.

The book is filled with historic images and is available at the Wilbor House Museum, Wilbur’s Store, Simmons’ Store and Partner’s Village Store or Amazon.


Each of the houses in the book may be visted by the public during the Little Compton Historical Society’s Historic House Tour Scheduled for September 20 from noon to 5 PM.  littlecompton.org

Night at the Museum – Tonight – Thursday, July 23   1 to 8 PM

Night at the Museum – Tonight – Thursday, July 23 1 to 8 PM

Your days may be busCider Social 2012 (17)y, but summer nights are meant for fun.  Tonight bring the whole family to the Wilbor House Museum for a twilight tour of the house and a visit to the special exhibition “The Stories Houses Tell.”

Weave using our giant Friendly Loom and deconstruct and build a 17th century post and beam house. Peggotty is open for visits. Our wooden toys will be out on the lawn and there will be cornbread samples while they last.

Members, as always are free, and non-members are $7.50 for adults and $5 for children.

Holiday Open House Today

Holiday Open House Today

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Join us at the Wilbor House Museum from 1 to 7 PM to celebrate the season with special activities, members discounts in our expanded museum shop and eight local vendors offering one-of-a-kind Little Compton gifts.

1 PM Archival Tour – Free and open to the public

1 PM Pre-school Please Touch Touch Tour for little ones and their parents.  Free to members.  $5 for non-member families

5 PM & 6 PM Lantern Tours of the Wilbor House Museum  Free to Members $5 for nonmmbers

3 to 5 PM Jingle Bell Carriage Rides $5 per person

Local Vendors 1 to 7 PM

Painted furniture. antique French Linens, Local Farm photo book, homemade Jams, local honey, children’s accessories, specialty soaps and more!

DIY (Do It Yourself!) House History Workshop

DIY (Do It Yourself!) House History Workshop

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With Nationally-Known House Historian Marian Pierre-Louis

Friday, November 14, 9 AM-Noon

LCHS Members $75, Non-Members $100  (Participants who share a completed Little Compton House history with the Little Compton Historical Society by February 28, 2015 will receive a $50 refund.)

You can uncover the history of your house whether it is 20 or 200 years old.  Come learn the research tools and tricks you need to make the most out of your house history with the help of Marian Pierre-Louis a house historian, lecturer and writer who specializes in researching the history of New England houses.  Your house is much more than wood and nails.  It stands as a memorial to every resident before you.  Discover the histories of the people who once lived there. Find the old deeds to your house, learn how to chain a deed, and locate other sources of information such as probate records and the US Federal Census Records.

This workshop begins at the Wilbor House Museum (548 West Main Road) and will move to the Town Vault on the Commons part-way through. Marian has customized this workshop to provide information specific to research within Little Compton and participants will have the opportunity to actually begin work on the property of their choice.

To register call 401-635-4035 or e-mail lchistory@littlecompton.org.


Marian Pierre-Louis speaks frequently at libraries, societies and conferences throughout New England on house history and genealogical topics.  She is the author of the popular blog, the New England House Historian (NEHouseHistorian.blogspot.com). Marian is also the host of Fieldstone Common, a weekly radio show dedicated to New England history.  You can learn more about Maian and he work at http://www.FieldstoneHistoricalResearch.com.

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