East Brookfield, Massachusetts, c. 1748
Moved to OSV, 1940
Barn, New York, c. 1800
Moved to OSV, 1937
The Solomon Richardson house, built in what is now East Brookfield, Massachusetts, is portrayed in Old Sturbridge Village as a parsonage, the home of the local minister. The Parsonage is painted white to complement the more modern Greek-Revival structures on the Common. Greek Revival was the most popular style of architecture from 1830 to 1850. This was known as a “whitening of New England,” as churches, commercial buildings, and dwellings reflected the white marble facades of ancient Greek temples.
Some local churches did not provide parsonages as part of the contract, so ministers had to buy or rent their homes. A house like the Parsonage would have cost approximately $600 to $800 to buy or would have been rented for approximately $50 to $80 a year.