Thanks to Doug Wilcox for adding color to this beautiful photo of the Union House. Following is a little history that Frances Lampman put together for us years ago about this historical house she’s called home most of her life. Thank you Fran.
The Dutch Brick House (a.k.a. The Tavern)
by Fran Lampman
The Dutch were the first setttlers of Pownal, moving over from Hoosick, the Pownal intervales inviting them. You see, they were mainly farmers and inn keepers.
I do not know who built the Brick House, known as The Tavern or Tavern Stand. It is Dutch architecture and had a 2nd chimney on the north gable. The Dutch Homes were built of bark, then logs and ‘some of the more pretentious used brick.’ The Dutch kept their language and customs. I heard tell that my Great Grandfather had a newspaper sent to him from Holland.
This home predates the massacre in the streets of Boston, the hanging of the lantern by a silversmith in the North Church. These bricks and mortar stood firmly when the bridge at Concord was being witness to “the shot heard round the world.” You read dates like 1700-1728 for the first Dutch Settlers.
And now more particulars of the Tavern: Spanning the ceilings, from the front to the rear of the tavern, are solid hand hewn chestnut timbers cut from primeval forests that stood untouched until four centuries ago. Reams could be written about the men who breached these forests with an ax and adz to craft these timbers.
Casual digging in the area unearths arrow heads and shards of pottery. It is not difficult to imagine a lively community gathering place at this historic door yard.
But more, walk the 50 feet to the front of the house and you walk forward a century or more to the addition built or added on in 1846 or 47. The grand list was missing for 1846, but the 1847 grand list shows the addition and value change from $412.00 to $800.00. Here on the doors of the rooms are the impressions that mark the places where numbers denoted the rental spaces of THE UNION HOUSE
Deeds refer to the house as the TAVERN HOUSE, where wayfarers called for food and ale, and later with the addition it became a hotel with a final title THE UNION HOUSE. A side tidbit: because of the plank post and beam construction and brick, you can hang a picture at your choosing on the walls of the brick or clapboard house.