William Dove House

Built in 1719, the William Dove House has a first period core, although it has been altered and enlarged.

“The front section is a three-bay half-house with a side-hall entry. This doorway reveals the eclectic nature of the building with its Federal elliptical fanlight and Victorian door hood supporting a second story bay,” says its listing on the Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System.

In 1719, mariner William Dove, mortgaged his quarter acre of land “with ye dwelling house lately erected thereon.”

Benjamin Manning bought the house in 1730, progressing from a leather worker-turned-marnier-turned-captain who sailed the schooner American from Salem to Barbados in 1740.

Manning’s daughters ran a shop out of part of the house, selling India silks and other items brought home on their brother’s ships, until about 1783.

Mary Manning Hodges inherited the house in 1817, and later left it to her son, Gamaliel, another sea captain and merchant. It remained in the Hodges family until 1883, when it was sold to Philip Lafavour, who applied for a building permit for an addition, and the Victorian doorway was presumably done at that time.

Lafavour didn’t live here, but leased the house to others, including a shoemaker, clerk, reporter and weigher.

Today, it is a townhouse in a National Historic Register District.

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