The Cabin, a report by James Sexton

The Cabin During the Great Snows of 2011

One of the most unusual features of the Jabez Bacon House is the intact and unmodernized outbuilding we affectionately call “The Cabin”, or more recently the Summer Kitchen. The Marvins, previous owners to the Griswolds, chose to call it the “Slave Quarters”, part of an odd and unpleasant romanticizing of the Colonial period. Bacon did have at least one indentured servant, Matthew Lyon, and probably others as well, and as such he owned him for the period of his indenture. However, he does not appear to ever have owned slaves as we understand slavery today: life-long capture and use of people of African descent. Bacon’s probate record of 1805 refers to a “Wash House” on the property. The building probably had several different functions over its long life.

James Sexton, an eminent architectural historian, did an assessment of the building for us in 2007. Click on the link to see it. Note that some of the photographs are turned on their sides. We weren’t able to do anything about that.

Cabin Assessment Report


4 Responses to The Cabin, a report by James Sexton

  1. Joan Neuberger says:

    very cool. all that original structure still intact! My favorite part: the photo and caption “Empty mortises in the beams tying the arcade plates together.”

  2. James Sexton says:

    A more sensitive soul might take offense at “jargon”! I was simply using the terms of art of my profession. Luckily, my soul is far from sensitive. Glad someone has actually read the report.

    • skgriswold says:

      Oh James, you caught me out! I’m fine with terms and use jargon all the time. And we are all so happy that you explored the architecture of the cabin for us – it’s a wonderful building & I’m glad I have it to add to this blog.


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