Read on to find out a bit more about some of the interesting and historic homes in Barque Hill. From historic Rose Cottage (built before the Revolutionary War, and standing on a site of an earlier Church family homestead partially burned during a raid in King Phillip’s War to the unique “Carriage House” at 3 Barque Hill Drive, there is a lot of history in this neighborhood!
3 Barque Hill Drive
The house at 3 Barque Hill Drive, on the corner of Fox Hill Lane, has been called The Carriage House, the Gate House, and the Stone Barn, all in relation to it’s use(s) for its larger sibling located at 42 Brigantine Circle. In the 1940’s the home was owned by Earle and Olive Anderson, who owned about 100 acres in the area, including the Rose Cottage.
Owned today by Don Shute, the current residents and previous owners are Charles and Winifred Rounds. The property has a beautiful woodland garden. Mrs. Rounds, a well known horticulturist, welcomes visitors from the Audubon Society to the garden each spring.
It is said that the song “I’m Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover” was composed in the house at 3 Barque Hill Drive. It seems likely, as the composer, Harry Woods, was a native of Chelmsford, MA and had moved to Cape Cod later in his life. The song was written in 1927.
41 Brigantine Circle
This large, brown, shingle, arts and crafts period home was built in 1895 by the Kendall family as a summer home. The property included a large tract of land – over 100 acres – and the Rose Cottage. To appreciate the size of the estate, note that the gate house for the property was the house at 3 Barque Hill. At that time the land was not wooded as it is today, and much of the area from the top of the hill enjoyed views of the river.
Their estate sold off entire property in the late thirties to a gentleman by the name of Edwards.
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255 Brigantine Circle
The house at 255 Brigantine Circle is named Rose Cottage. It was built in 1765 by Lemuel and Charles Church.
Important in Scituate’s (now Norwell’s) early history was the Church family. By 1666, Nathaniel Church had come from Hingham to occupy his large grant of land extending along North River between the lots of Stetson and Palmer, and like them, all the way to Church Hill. Nathaniel and John Palmer built vessels near their homes before 1690, and at Fox Hill Shipyard after that year. In 1665 Nathaniel Church married Sarah Barstow, whose father, William Barstow, was the first to settle in the portion of Scituate which became Hanover in 1727. Nathaniel and Sarah Barstow Church had seven children, many of whom, and their descendants, lived in this Church property until the end of the century.
Colony Records Book 53, page 197 records a deed of Nathaniel Church III, b. 1698, and his wife Mary, whereby in 1765 they transferred to sons Lemuel and Charles “land near the place where my father Nathaniel Church’s dwelling house formerly stood, and contains one half acre with a house frame standing in the middle, together with what stuff they shall see fit to use of my old house to put into said frame or house they are building.” This definitely accounts for the beginning of Rose Cottage.
A grandson of Nathaniel Church III, Captain Thomas Church, lived at Rose Cottage and during the Revolutionary War trained his soldiers in the field north of the house.
In 1802 at age 24 Captain Cornelius Church, son of Lemuel and grandson of Nathaniel III, married Hulda Magoun. They lived at the cottage until the close of their lives, as is seen in the settlement of their property.
In 1851 their children – Cornelius, Esther Leavitt, Benjamin, John Lemuel, and Lydia Keene – sold Rose Cottage after 86 years of family occupancy. The purchaser was John Savage, who chose this spot to replace the English countryside from which he had recently come. It was he and his family who gave the cottage it’s name. After cultivating these fields for fourteen years, Savage sold all but two acres to his neighbors, Isaac and William Haskins. In 1885 the cottage and the two acres on which it stood also passed into Haskins ownership.
Early in the twentieth century the Kendall family, which built the gateway and large stable (“stone barn”) took over ownership of a large tract which included the cottage, well back from the entrance; but relatives of John Savage – George and Mary Kebbe and tiny Elizabeth – occupied it.
Then in the 1940’s the property was offered for sale, and the acreage around the cottage was included in the large woodland area. At that time the property was owned by Earle and Olive Anderson. Later came the Emersons and with the development of Barque Hill, the house was updated and carefully remodelled in order to retain its fine original detail.
Next the cottage became the home of Mrs. David C. Stewart. Later it was sold to Philip H. Weber.
From 2002 thru 2007 the home was owned and occupied by Matthew and Susan Hendison. We thank them for sharing these pictures.
56 Brigantine Circle
Also known as the Shipwright’s House, this cape-style home is adjacent to Shipyard Park.
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