Bigelow House c. 1865
Originally located near New and Smith Roads, this house was built between 1840 and 1857 by Henry Bigelow, one of Amherst’s early residents. The house was constructed in the “saltbox” style, named for the distinctive pitched roof that slopes from the two-story front to the single story in the back which resembled a wooden lidded box in which salt was once kept. While not common in this area, the saltbox style was prevalent in Bigelow’s New England birthplace. The interior is furnished to reflect the most probable use of the house at that time—the home of Bigelow’s farm manager.
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