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Photo credit: Daniel C. Church, Undated Photo
Salisbury Plantation
Inventory No.: S-53
Date Listed: 6/20/1975
Location: Clyde Ford Road , Westover, Somerset County
Category: Building
Period/Date of Construction: first quarter 18th century; 19th century
Description: Salisbury Plantation has two principal sections: a 19th century, two-story plus attic clapboard section whose roof ridge runs east to west, and a first quarter 18th century 1 1/2 story brick section with its ridge running north to south. Facing north the clapboard section is three bays wide by one bay deep. The entrance, in the east bay, is framed by fluted pilasters beneath an architrave with triglyphs. The center and west bays have a single window. There is a window in each bay in the second story. All the windows on this facade have 9/6 lights. The house rests on a brick foundation and has a dentil molding under the eaves. The west end, with all new clapboards, has three tiers of windows. The one in the gable has 2/2 lights while the other two have 9/6 lights. The east end is identical except that most of the clapboards are old. On the second story west bay on the south side is a small 6/6 sash window, which overlooks the roof of the brick wing. On the south side is the older brick wing, two bays wide by two deep. On the west side is a barge batten door in the north bay and a 9/6 light window in the south bay. These bays apparently were built at different times. Both bays are laid in Flemish bond but the courses do not align. There are also obvious areas of repair work in the brick. The areas of old brickwork have grapevine mortar. The west side also has a batten door in the north bay and a 9/6 light window in the south. However, the bonds are different, with English bond in the north and Flemish in the south. Above the south bay there is a 9/6 light gable-roofed dormer window on both the east and west sides of the steep gable roof. The roof has an obvious buckle between the two bays. The rafters are also butted differently. The five rafters in the north bay have pegged, overlapping joints while the seven rafters in the south bay have pegged, mortise-and-tenon joints. The south end has random glazing in the Flemish bond. A 20th century screened porch extends across the two-bay width. There is a batten door near the west edge and 9/6 light window in the east bay. Small, single-light windows flank the flush chimney near the peak of the roof on the south gable end. Significance: Salisbury Plantation is architecturally significant because it is a combination of an 18th century brick wing and a 19th century clapboard addition, and historically significant because of its association with the Handy Family.


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