South Lane 0275 Aaron Spelman House, 1761

South Lane 0275 Aaron Spelman place Donatini Photo 2019 11 15.JPG
Roberts Place on South Lane Paul Jensen Photo.jpg
South Lane 0275 Aaron Spelman place sign Donatini Photo 2019 11 15.JPG
South Lane 0275 Aaron Spelman House boot.jpg
South Lane Aaron Spelman House boot note.jpg

Title

South Lane 0275 Aaron Spelman House, 1761

Description

The Aaron Spelman house, at 275 South Lane, Granville, Ma., built 1761. The house has been in the Roberts family for many years.

The second story"shed" dormer and first floor wing are newer additions to the house. The chimney has also been reconfigured. Originally there was a large center chimney typical of 18th century houses.

The boot shown here was found by Ralph Roberts in 1928 inside a wall partition. "Concealed shoes" are an old English superstition dating back to the 1500's, possibly earlier. They were believed to ward off evil spirits and tend to be children's shoes, always worn out. Only one shoe or boot would be placed in the wall in the belief that an evil spirit would view a single shoe as being useless (as opposed to a pair) so not be tempted to steal it.

The Historical Room is looking for old photos of this house. If you have one and are able to loan or donate it please contact the Granville Library. Or you can drop it off in an envelope, we'll digitize it and let you know when it can be picked up. Thanks.

Date

1761

Contributor

Carolyn Donatini and Paul Jensen

Rights

2019 House Photos: Copyright Carolyn Donatini, Granville, Ma. 2019
2019 Boot Photo: Copyright Granville Library Historical Room, 2019
2006 Fall Photo: Paul Jensen

Citation

“South Lane 0275 Aaron Spelman House, 1761,” Granville History Digital Collection, accessed November 27, 2022, https://granvillehistory.omeka.net/items/show/1156.

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