224 Main Street, New London NH

Current Use

  • Everett House


  • 2000 — Milestone Real Estate; Intelligent Banking Solutions; Sheerr and White, Sheerr McCrystal, and Palson Architects
  • 1989 — Everett House Partnership, Inc. begun by Sheerr & McCrystal; occupants at that date in 5 units were Sheerr & White Residential Architects, Sheerr McCrystal and Palson Architecture, Intelligent Banking Services, and Coldwell Banker Milestone Real Estate
  • 1983 - 1988 — Owned by Leonard and Margaret Tiedman; front of building rented to Dufault & Dufault, lawyers, and the rear of the structure rented to 14 Carrots - Food Specialty Store
  • 1940 - 1982 — Home of Myron Adams (who died in 1958) and Hazel Adams (who died 1982)
  • 1929 - 1940 — Home of Elmer Adams (who died in 1935) and Minnie Adams (who died in 1940)
  • c. 1907 - 1929 — Home of George and Alice Hayes
  • 1896 - 1907 — Home of Herman and Flora Adams; Herman's parents, Joseph and Ann Adams lived with them
  • 1882 - 1896 — Home of George and Florence Bickford; they took in boarders, including the family of Royal A. Bunker
  • 1880 - 1882 — Home of Frank P. and Phebe Sargent
  • 1869 - 1880 — ???
  • 1867 - 1869 — owned by Mary Ann Lane, daughter of Capt. Jonathan Everett
  • 1856 - 1867 — Home of Joseph and Betsey Hanaford
  • c. 1838 - 1856 — Home of Capt. Jonathan and Apphia Everett

Building History

This was the fifth and last house occupied by Capt. Jonathan Everett, Jr. (1789-1856) in New London; all were located on Main Street. He and his wife, Apphia, moved here from the house across the street (Ellie's today), where they lived while building this structure, probably about 1838.[1] Shortly before Jonathan's death, his two oldest sons, George W. and Abial, sold the 20 acre property with buildings to Joseph Hanaford.[2] Joseph and his wife, Betsey (Prescott) Hanaford, had come to New London in 1854, working as steward and matron of the newly completed ladies' boarding house at the New London Literary and Scientific Institution.[3] Joseph also had a shoe-shop in what became the drug store across from the academy.[4] Around 1867 the Hanafords moved to Manchester, and the house was sold to Mary Ann Lane of Brooklyn, N.Y., another child of Capt. Jonathan Everett.[5] Mary Ann (1826-1869) married George E. Lane in 1846. George was a captain of of one of the Pacific mail steamships and later agent of the company in Yokohama. Japan, where Mary Ann died in 1869.[6]

The next owner(s) of the house has not been identified, but the next people who are known to have lived here are Frank P. Sargent (1851-1914) and his wife, Phebe (Fellows) Sargent, who lived here for two years.[7] The Sargents were married in 1877 and lived in Tilton for three years before moving here, making their dates living here c. 1880-1882.

In 1882 George Bickford (b. 1847) and his wife, Florence (Stetson) Bickford, moved to New London from Charlestown, MA.[8] They called their house "Maple Cottage" and may have taken in boarders.[9] One of the families who boarded here was that of Royal Augustus Bunker, who seemed to have come here after Royal's death in 1879, living here "for some years."[10] When Bickford sold the house to Herman S. Adams in 1896, the Bunker family moved to the John J. Sargent house on Pleasant Street.

Herman S. Adams (1871-1907) and his wife, Flora (Everett) Adams bought this house in 1896. Herman's parents, Joseph C. Adams (1824-1899) and Ann (Wiggin) Adams (1834-1919) lived with them. After the death of Herman in 1907, his wife remarried, and the house was acquired by George Hayes (1866-1933) and his wife, Alice (Messer) Hayes (1867-1927).[11] Hayes appears on the Hancox maps of 1911 and 1915 at this site.

About 1929 Elmer E. Adams (1862-1935), brother of Herman (above), acquired this house. In March 1929, The Highlander notes: "Elmer Adams is making extensive repairs on the house formerly owned by George Hayes, Mr. and Mrs. Adams will occupy this house as soon as the alterations are finished."[12] Elmer married Minnie (Richardson) Adams (1860-1940) in 1895, and they had one son, Myron (1897-1958). In 1932 we read: "Last fall Eugene Wheeler and Elmer Adams built a bank wall of cobblestone and cement either side of their common driveway, and graded up their lawns to the new level."[13] Two years later, Dr. Harrison C. Baldwin, a recent graduate of Tuft's Dental College, opened a dental office in Elmer Adams' home.[14]

Myron Adams inherited the house after his mother's death in 1940, and he and his wife, Hazel (French) Adams (1898-1982) lived here Hazel Adams gave piano lessons here. Myron and Hazel had one child, John French Adams, born in 1936.

From 1983 to 1988, Leonard and Margaret Tiedeman owned the property, renting the front to lawyers Dufault & Dufault and the rear apartment of the building to 14 Carrots - Food Specialty Store.

In 1989 Sheerr & McCrystal, Inc. purchased the building and established the Everett House Partnership with five units. The house was at this time rebuilt by Sumner Woodward and James Moreland. The rear of the structure, which appeared to be older than the front, was entirely removed and a new addition replaced it. Occupants in 1989 were Sheerr and White, Residential Architects, Inc., Sheerr McCrystal and Palson Architecture, Inc., Intelligent Banking Services, and Coldwell Banker Milestone Real Estate.

Stories & Trivia

In Appendix Two, "The Houses of New London Built Prior to the Civil War, " in Mirror to America, Mildred Tunis writes about this house: "Two families occupied this house at one period. The ell appears to be much older than the main house. It may have been an original 'cabin,' asmuchas one section of an outside wall reveal rounded logs with bark still on; twelve-inch hand-hewn timbers as sills in ell."[15] This portion of the building was removed during the 1989 renovations.

Photos & Images

Everett House

  1. ^ Lord, p. 241
  2. ^ Merrimack County Register of Deeds, Vol. 134, p. 370, March 7, 1856
  3. ^ Henry K. Rowe, p. 70
  4. ^ Lord, p. 481
  5. ^ Merrimack County Register of Deeds, Vol. 185, p. 154, Feb. 28, 1867
  6. ^ Lord, p. 242
  7. ^ Lord, p. 629
  8. ^ Lord, pp. 572-3
  9. ^ Summer Rest, August, 1894, p. 20
  10. ^ Lord, p. 448
  11. ^ Spiller, 1945
  12. ^ The Highlander, March 26, 1929, p. 1
  13. ^ New London News, June 29, 1932, p. 1
  14. ^ New London News, July 11, 1934, p. 1
  15. ^ See Squires, p. 327 (house number 108)