Leonard - Jackson House

1198 Auburn St

1770

Architectural Style

Colonial

Significance

Agriculture, Architecture

Use Type

Single Family Dwelling House

Neighborhood

Massachusetts Historical Commission Report

Architectural Significance

This dwelling's entrance enframements indicate that this is a relatively early Bridgewater example of a Cape Cod cottage. Rising 1 1/2 stories to a broad gable roof, this house is of a rectangular, center hall plan. The end wall gables are 2-bays while the 5 bay main facade's front door is flanked by wide pilasters and is surmounted by a horizontal board which features small squares with incised x's at its corners. Running beneath the eaves is a dentillated freize boards.

Historical Significance

Located in still agrarian and remote portion of southeastern Bridgewater, this charming cottage is part of Bridgewater's collection of well-preserved 18th-mid 19th century Cape Cod dwellings. In addition, several large and intersecting 19th c. farm structures are situated on this property. To the east is the Taunton River. On the 1830 map the bridge near this house is labeled "New Bridge" and led to Halifax/Middleborough and points south. In 1830 this house was owned by an S. Leonard. Ownership during the 1850s in unclear. By 1879, R.T. Jackson farmed this property. By the early 1900s an Alvin Brooks (no occupation listed) owned this house. Further research is needed to determine 18th c. ownership.