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Cotswold Cottage

Cotswold Cottage This Limestone farm dwelling was brought from Chedworth, Gloucestershire in the Cotswold Hills of southwestern England. Built approximately 1620, the construction of this house coincided with the first waves of English immigration in the colonies of the New World. Limestone was abundant in England and many English homes were made from this natural resource. In England, cottages like this one were small, modest homes found in the country. Cotswold Cottage
Years later, people in both England and the United States, bought cottages as a way to escape from their fast-paced lives.

Over the years, the families who lived in this home had a variety of jobs. From the early 1700’s to the mid-1800’s, Cotswold Cottage several generations of the Sley/Robins/Smith family worked as farmers and stone masons. With most of the homes in the Chedworth area made of stone, being a stone mason was a good occupation and meant steady income for the family.

Cotswold Cottage This picturesque building style, commonly found in the English Cotswold region, became a favorite architectural model in the United States in the 1920’s and 30’s, especially for homes of the wealthy.

Henry Ford purchased Cotswold Cottage in 1929. The house, barn and fences, which are all made from limestone, were taken apart stone by stone and sent by ship to the United States. The house today is surrounded by Victorian flower gardens and is one of the most picturesque building in the entire village.

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