Circa 1714 Entrance Door From The Samuel Montague House

Samuel Montague (1695-1779 ) was among the first 40 settlers of Sunderland. About 1714 he built a house on lot 14, West side of present day South Main Street. Shown here is the original door from that house which pre dates the incorperation (1718) of the town. It is among the earliest surviving architectural fragments of the British Colonial "Swampfield Plantation". This entrance door remained in use on the original house until it was taken down around 1800 and replaced by a new house, which still stands today. The door was put in storage on the permises where it remained for more than 300 years serving only briefly as a chicken coop door during the mid 20th century. The red paint covereing the door today is recent but traces of original red wash remain as can be seen under the shadows of the three hinges. Those hinges are 20th century additions as is the thumb latch. The hand forged chain is likly original, probably
allowing the door to be secured with a pad lock from the outside. Viewed from the outside the door opened in, hinging on the right. Two strap hinges 1 3/4 wide x 16" long (missing) held the door. A shadow of the upper strap can be seen in these immages. The lower rail is a replacment due to extensive decay.
First photo: Outside of door.
Second photo: Inside of door.
Third photo: Chain and thumblatch detail.
Fourth photo: Shadow remain of the original strap hinge.
Fifth photo: Edge of door.
Sixth photo: Location of lower original strap hinge.
Seventh photo: Mid 20th Century photo showing the door being used as the chicken coop enterance. The 12 pane over 12 pane window sash to the right is also from the original house.

Date

Circa 1714

Format

Pine wood, paint and iron.
1 9/16" thick x 35 3/8" wide x 72 1/2" high.

Source

Gifted to the Swampfield Historical Society, town of Sunderland in May of 2022 by Richard Trousdell and Craig Felton in memory of the Montague family.

Citation

“Circa 1714 Entrance Door From The Samuel Montague House,” Swampfield Historical Society, accessed August 9, 2022, https://swampfieldhistorical.org/items/show/215.

Title

Circa 1714 Entrance Door From The Samuel Montague House

Description

Samuel Montague (1695-1779 ) was among the first 40 settlers of Sunderland. About 1714 he built a house on lot 14, West side of present day South Main Street. Shown here is the original door from that house which pre dates the incorperation (1718) of the town. It is among the earliest surviving architectural fragments of the British Colonial "Swampfield Plantation". This entrance door remained in use on the original house until it was taken down around 1800 and replaced by a new house, which still stands today. The door was put in storage on the permises where it remained for more than 300 years serving only briefly as a chicken coop door during the mid 20th century. The red paint covereing the door today is recent but traces of original red wash remain as can be seen under the shadows of the three hinges. Those hinges are 20th century additions as is the thumb latch. The hand forged chain is likly original, probably
allowing the door to be secured with a pad lock from the outside. Viewed from the outside the door opened in, hinging on the right. Two strap hinges 1 3/4 wide x 16" long (missing) held the door. A shadow of the upper strap can be seen in these immages. The lower rail is a replacment due to extensive decay.
First photo: Outside of door.
Second photo: Inside of door.
Third photo: Chain and thumblatch detail.
Fourth photo: Shadow remain of the original strap hinge.
Fifth photo: Edge of door.
Sixth photo: Location of lower original strap hinge.
Seventh photo: Mid 20th Century photo showing the door being used as the chicken coop enterance. The 12 pane over 12 pane window sash to the right is also from the original house.

Source

Gifted to the Swampfield Historical Society, town of Sunderland in May of 2022 by Richard Trousdell and Craig Felton in memory of the Montague family.

Date

Circa 1714

Contributor

Seventh photo donated by the granddaughter of Isabel and Guilford Montague.

Format

Pine wood, paint and iron.
1 9/16" thick x 35 3/8" wide x 72 1/2" high.

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