The Leonard Boyd Chapman House located at 740 Mount Israel Road in Sandwich, New Hampshire is believed to have been built by Garb Prescott in the 1700's.
The small, charming two-bedroom house features interesting and historic architectural features common for the late 1700s: horsehair plaster walls, exposed hand-hewn log beams, 3’ wide pine boards used for the flooring and the chair rails, three fireplaces (including a beehive fireplace), and granite foundation-- all of which remain carefully preserved and in use today as the year-round residence of the CSVW caretaker.
We hope you enjoy this glimpse inside Chappie's House with it's beautiful architecture and some of the items that are still kept today. We look forward to sharing more about Leonard Boyd Chapman and CSVW as we explore the history of our beloved sanctuary.
The heart of the home was the hearth and cooking fireplace. An assortment of dutch ovens and fireplace tools used over the many years remains in the home. Some shed antlers found along the CSVW trails are displayed.
A fascinating collection of antique kitchen tools and gadgets hangs in the kitchen including a unique biscuit cutting roller, egg beater and all manner of sifters, strainers and utensils.
A cream colored, first-floor room features a beautiful fireplace, built-in shelving and gorgeous hand-hewn beams on the ceiling. The beams are so sturdy and well-kept that some of the tree bark remains.
This living area with fireplace, wide-pine floors and panelling exhibits some "good-old Yankee ingenuity" in it's shelving, cupboards and latches.
The second floor consists of a small bedroom with a doorway to the attic space. The slope of the ceiling was typical of the era as a result of the steep pitch of the roof.
In the 1800's, The Chapman House was the homestead farm of Josiah Prescott. Prescott further added to the house as evidenced by the initials “JP” and “1818” in the great chimney.
Visit the Chappie's House page again soon for more information and photos as we look back in time and discover the history of Chapman Sanctuary and Visny Woods together!