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Caleb Cushing House and Farm
Caleb Cushing House, Rehoboth MA.jpg
The 1836 Cape
Location 186 and 188 Pine St., Rehoboth, Massachusetts
Area 4 acres (1.6 ha)
Built 1740 (1740)
Architectural style Federal
MPS Rehoboth MRA
NRHP reference No. 83000660
Added to NRHP June 6, 1983

The Caleb Cushing House and Farm is a historic farm property at 186 Pine Street in Rehoboth, Massachusetts. The farm, established about 1750, includes a pre-Revolutionary Georgian farmhouse and an 1836 Federal-Greek Revival Cape house, and was owned by the Cushing family into the mid-20th century. The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

Description and history

The Caleb Cushing House and Farm property is located in a rural area of central western Rehoboth, on the west side of Pine Street a short way south of its junction with Salisbury Street. The main house is set in a yard lined by a picket fence; it is a 2+12-story wood-frame structure, with a side-gable roof, central chimney and clapboarded exterior. A small gabled porch shelters the center entrance. The interior retains original fireplace mantels, and some doors, in addition to other period features. Built sometime between the 1740s and 1770s by Joseah Cushing, it is one of the best-preserved and least-altered pre-Revolutionary houses in the town.

A short way north of the main house stands a 1+12-story Cape, also of wood frame construction. It has a side-gable roof pierced by two gabled dormers, a central chimney, and clapboarded exterior. A three-bay ell to the left nearly doubles the size of the house; it houses a secondary entrance, and its roof has three dormers. The main entrance features a Greek Revival surround. This house was built in 1836, by family lore due to a dispute involving a spinster aunt, who then resided here.

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