66 Depot St, Cheshire, MA, 01225 $39,900
Save This Old House- c.1850 Second Empire Home For Sale in Cheshire, MA
Second Empire architecture may be one of my favorite styles, but I am afraid this home has suffered too much neglect and decay to appreciate the style. The hoop and spear iron fence is still in good condition, though. My daughter just re-landscaped her back yard at her Southern California home and asked my husband to sell her hoop and spear fencing. On the east coast we could have sold it in a minute for a good price, but we practically had to give it away in OC. The lot of fencing only sold for $80. But back to this house, which I will call the Chase House, as they lived here for at least 45 years.
According to the 1876 plat map, the Brown family owned the home, as well as a similar Second Empire around the corner which is in much better condition.
Per the 1904 plat map, Edgar W. Chase (1850-1925) owned 66 Depot Street. He worked at Bowen Grist Mill as a miller and lived in the home with his wife Sarah Reynolds Chase (1850-1942), adult daughters Faith (a teacher) and Edith (a nurse), mother-in-law Caroline Reynolds and sister-in-law Nancy Reynolds. By 1920 the in-laws had moved out. The 1940 US Census, however, has son Robert Chase in the home along with his adult daughter Janet Chase. Sarah Reynolds Chase died in the house. I can only imagine her turning over in her grave to see her long-time, beloved home in this state.