Main Road, 0488, R. Barlow House, c. 1840 aka Noble House, Luman Cooley House


Main Road, 0488, R. Barlow House, c. 1840 aka Noble House, Luman Cooley House


R. Barlow House, c. 1840, 488 Main Rd. MACRIS Inv. #GRN 74

Suzie Snelgrove contributed the following additional information; July 2020: "A little more history. My Grandmother Fannie Wackerbarth bought this house March 30, 1946 from Raymond and Faith Sandman. My Aunt Mable Henry wife of Pastor Henry lived there after her husband died. Mable Henry became the Librarian for many many years. Today this house is still owned by my cousin."

Historical Note: The formal name of the Granville Library Historical Room is "The Mable Root Henry Historical Museum," named in honor of Mrs. Henry's many years of service to the library.

The house was also in the Rose family for a number of years. Lavinia Rose Wilson likely inherited the house from her father (research needed).


Built c. 1840


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This home was occupied by Josiah Swett, M.D. and his wife, Bertha Huddleston who moved there in 1880 shortly after their marriage.

They had three children while living here:
Paul, b. 1882
Walter, b. 1884
John Guy, b. 1887

The family left Granville around 1891 but Granville remained a treasured memory for young Paul, who went on to become a doctor.

Some time around the 1940's Paul Swett wrote a series of essays recalling what it was like to be a youngster in Granville. Much of his recollections were based on watching the comings and goings of small town life through the windows of this house (488 Main Road, Granville).

The essays were set aside until the 1990's when they resurfaced and his family decided to publish them. The result was a 1997 book called "Jockey Corners Remembrances" (the area around what is now the village green used to be called "Jockey Corners"). 

For more information about the book CLICK HERE.

The Historical Room is grateful to Steven C. Swett for permission to share some of the content of his grandfather's writings in this site.


“Main Road, 0488, R. Barlow House, c. 1840 aka Noble House, Luman Cooley House,” Granville History Digital Collection, accessed July 16, 2024,


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