Allen D. Burleson House – Circa 1881
If it’s stained glass, marble and tiled fireplaces, and richly carved wood details that you crave, you can skip a tour of this house. What distinguishes it, perhaps, is its isolation from other city homes when it was built in 1881. It sits on a corner with its most attractive exterior details, a bay window and a small porch with rope accents. On the Washburn Street side, an aging chestnut tree highlights the junction of the two streets.
A feature of the property which makes it unique in the city and contributes to its charm is the two-story barn replete with cupola, and three-horse stall with horses’ names still visible above each cubicle. Unfortunately, the two small structures at the west end of the barn were recently demolished because of their poor condition which was beyond repair. The origin of the one the children adopted as their playhouse is unknown. There is no doubt, however, about the origin or function of the other – it was a three-hole outhouse! Indoor plumbing had not yet been installed.
The most appreciated feature of the house itself is the glorious exposure that captures all-day sunlight. The rooms are all comfortable, cheerful, and decorated with an eclectic assortment of furniture and mementos of various family ancestors dating to the early 1800s.
Included in the Peaks of Windham poster, this once pastoral home has had only two owners since 1886. It continues to provide a sense of connection to the past, and remains a great source of enjoyment to its 21st century family.