The Isaiah Ramsdell House

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LOST MANSFIELD # 4: THE ISAIAH RAMSDELL HOUSE. In 1838, Edwin Fitch built this house for Isaiah Ramsdell.

It is a simpler version of Fitch’s Charles Trumbull house built three years earlier (580 Storrs Road). It has many of the same Greek Revival architectural elements. The Victorian porches were added in the 1870s when George B. Baldwin and his wife, Rebecca G. Ramsdell (daughter of Isaiah) were residing there. The last owner was Elsie Marsh, Mansfield’s first librarian. The house was destroyed by fire on October 21, 1923. It was located at the junction of Route 89 and Center Street.

Isaiah Ramsdell House
The Isaiah Ramsdell House as it appeared in 1874 when George and Rebecca (Ramsdell) Baldwin resided there. The Baldwins added the wrap-around porches to the house.
Isaiah Ramsdell House
This photograph of the house was taken in the early 1900s when it was owned by Mansfield physician Elliot H. Marsh. He passed away just 6 months before the fire, leaving the house to his daughter Elsie Marsh and her invalid mother. The house burned on October 21, 1923.

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