George Douglas House

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The George Douglas House is an historic house at Tower Hill and Gilbert Stuart Roads in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. Its oldest section dated to the 1730s, it is one of a small number of surviving colonial-era stone ender houses in the state. This original block is three bays wide and two stories high, with a massive fieldstone chimney at its north end. Its exterior ornamentation is minimal, limited to pilasters on either side of the main entrance, and a triangular pediment above. A small kitchen ell was added to the north side (next to the chimney, which remains exposed), probably early in the 19th century, and a bedroom further extended this ell in the 1940s.[2]
The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975

George Douglas (or Douglass) bought two acres of land in North Kingstown from one John Watson in 1737. The house he built on that land still stands in a charmingly landscaped setting set back from the corner at the intersection of Tower Hill and Gilbert Stuart Roads. Although it has twice been restored, Its original character has been preserved and, except for an ell that was added in modern times, the external appearance of the simple two-story dwelling remains unchanged. A particularly striking architectural feature is the bee-hive oven which extends from the end chimney.

The date of construction, 1738, is carved in this chimney, as are the initials GM set above the letter D to indicate the name of the builder and owner, George and Mary Douglass.

Although the house was not large, the family was. There were seven children, the oldest of whom was a son John. He became a blacksmith and established himself in Little Rest in 1753 where he was well known for some twenty years.

Court records indicate that the homestead in North Kingstown continued to be in the hands of the Douglas family through most of the nineteenth century. One such record in 1828 indicates that a member of the family was awarded fifty dollars in damages for a blow on the nose delivered by one of his neighbors, but the cause of this altercation remains unknown. Happily such contentious incidents were few and the Douglass family pursued the usual pattern of the hard-working resourceful, and law-abiding people of South County.


See also:
George Douglass House, Pennsylvania



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