Solomon Richardson House (1748)

The saltbox house in Old Sturbridge Village known as the Parsonage was built in the village of Podunk in the town of East Brookfield in 1748 by Thomas Bannister for the Richardson family. Called the Solomon Richardson House, it was moved to Old Sturbridge Village in 1940. Now known as the Parsonage (although it never served as a parsonage while it was a residence), it is now interpreted as a minister‘s home. In earlier years at the Village, it was painted red, but was recently repainted white to harmonize with the other Greek Revival era buildings on the Old Sturbridge Village Common.

6 Responses to Solomon Richardson House (1748)

  1. Zack says:

    So cool I just found out this is my 6x great grandpas house

  2. I have a picture of the Richardson House Old Sturbridge Village by It is a pen and ink by Blake Hughes. Hope to hear from you.

  3. Carol McArthur says:

    My 5th Great Grandfather Thomas Banister built this house – I plan to take my daughter and grandsons this coming year to see it. I am excited to have found it !!

  4. Fran says:

    My husband built me this house 1:1 scale, including up/down Windows, clapboard siding, etc. then I worked the interior totally and decorated it as I recall from my visits. Includes interior circular porch steps. He used dollhouse plans I sent for from Doll Domiciles way back in the early 80s. It was a labor of love for me.

  5. F. Zura says:

    My husband built this house for me in 1:1 scale using real house plans I bought from Doll Domicles back in the early 80s. He made all the windows workable (up and down), clapboard siding, etc . Then I decorated it in the period after 3 trips to the Village. It was a labor of love and so glad to have had the experience.

  6. Dan Pope says:

    Thomas Banister (1715-1791) is also my 5th Great Grandfather.

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