Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Dr. Jackson's Office - Part I

By: Erin Crissman, Curator
Dr. Elhanan Jackson took over his brother’s practice in 1830 and used this small building as an office until 1856 when he sold it to another physician. This tiny building was built around 1820 in Westford, NY (a few miles East of Cooperstown) . Its architecture is Greek Revival – very popular in New York state around the time the Erie Canal opened (1825). Little offices like this one are rare and particular to New York State.
The office had an addition put on the back in the 1870s, doubling its original size. The whole thing was loaded onto a truck and moved to The Farmers’ Museum in 1952. At the time, it was being used by the general store in Westford as a storage building.
Dr. Jackson's Office is undergoing restoration this spring. Stay tuned for updates and changes!

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