Porter–Phelps–Huntington House

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Porter–Phelps–Huntington House
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Porter–Phelps–Huntington House
Porter–Phelps–Huntington House is located in Massachusetts
Porter–Phelps–Huntington House
Porter–Phelps–Huntington House is located in the US
Porter–Phelps–Huntington House
Location Hadley, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°22′19″N 72°35′24″W / 42.37194°N 72.59000°W / 42.37194; -72.59000Coordinates: 42°22′19″N 72°35′24″W / 42.37194°N 72.59000°W / 42.37194; -72.59000
Area 2 acres (0.81 ha)
Built 1752 (1752)
Architect Porter, Moses; Phelps, Charles
Architectural style Colonial
NRHP reference #

73000303

[1]
Added to NRHP March 26, 1973

The Porter–Phelps–Huntington House is a historic house museum at 130 River Drive in Hadley, Massachusetts. It is open seasonally, from May to October. The house contains the collection of one extended family, with objects dating from the seventeenth to twentieth centuries. It was occupied from its construction in 1752 until the 1940s, when a member of the eighth generation of the family in the house turned it into a museum.[2] Its collection is entirely derived from the family, and the extensive archives, including the original diary of Elizabeth Porter Phelps, are held at Amherst College. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

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The Porter–Phelps–Huntington House is located in a rural setting of northern Hadley, between River Drive (Massachusetts Route 47) and the Connecticut River. The main block of the house is a 2-1/2 story wood frame structure, with a gabled roof and clapboarded exterior. To its rear is attached an older 1-1/2 story frame structure with a gabled roof. The front facade has symmetrically but unevenly placed windows flanking a center entrance.[3]

The house's construction history begins in 1752, when Moses Porter built what is now the ell. It was the first house to be built outside Hadley's stockaded town center. The house achieved its present form in the 1790s, when the larger front portion was built by Charles Phelps, a lawyer who had married Porter's daughter Elizabeth. The house next passed to Dan Huntington, who had married the Phelps daughter.[3] The family was very prominent locally, dating back to the founding of Hadley in 1659. Some members of the extended family achieved prominence regionally, nationally, and internationally. These include Benjamin Lincoln, a major general in the Continental Army during the American Revolution; Frederic Dan Huntington, first Episcopal bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York; and composer Roger Sessions.


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