rural architecture : maine
THE CARROLL HOMESTEAD
The Carroll House was built in 1825 by John Carroll on forested land that he had cleared. The one and a half story house, 21 x 25 feet, is typical of other early Greek Revival Cape Cod houses on Mount Desert Island, Maine. When Carroll came to America from Ireland in 1814 at the age of 24, he purchased 24 acres of land at the base of San Sauveur Mountain. He cultivated the land for fields and then built his house of hand hewn posts and beams with a foundation of granite. A barn was constructed in 1831, now demolished, and in 1850 an addition to the house was added.
Four generations of the Carroll family lived on the property, clearing the land, tending the gardens and livestock while raising their families. An example of the lifestyle of ordinary people in the 19th Century.
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