Dodge Homes in Sutton, Massachusetts
The information on these homes, and all the photos after the first three, came from the History of Sutton - 1878, Vol. I, History of Sutton - 1952, Vol. II, and were taken Oct. 2000, and provided to us by Robert Houser, Sutton Historian.
Other Dodge houses not pictured here are:
George Harvey Dodge House, 76 Providence Road
| History of the town of Sutton, Vol. I, states the following: |
"Mr Reuben Rawson Dodge came into possession of the place in 1865. In the spring of 1875 the old mansion was destroyed by fire, and the present beautiful and commodious house was built upon the same site. Mr Dodge is an enthusiastic antiquarian,'and especially interested in family genealogies and town histories.' "
Reuben was a member of the New England Genealogical Society, Boston, for many years. Nov. 3, 1873, he was elected a corresponding member of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin.
Jane Oliver Keown, co-owner of Keown Orchards and these lands, has informed us that this house was the first one in Sutton to have weighted windows. The house is presently owned by her nephew, Arthur Keown III (co-owner of Keown Orchards)
| This home, located on Central Turnpike, was built by Willard Dodge in 1863, and was sold to George Ray in 1869. Willard Dodge had three wives; Huldah Sibley, Fanny Bigelow, Widow Cadwell.|
Previously, another Dodge house stood on this site built by Leonard Dodge in 1834 where he lived until 1840. All of his children were born here. He sold the place to his brother, Willard, who lived here till his death. The house built by Leonard burned in 1862. The present house is still standing and is in good condition
| This house is on Dodge Hill Road, number 34, although numbers do not appear on most of the homes.|
This house is listed in the Sutton historical database as the "Jacob Dodge Tenement" built in 1834, and is described in History of the Town of Sutton - 1878, vol. I, page 412.
|View from front||View of right side of the house||View of left side of the house|
| 154 Leland Hill Road built by Dudley Chase and when sold to Dodges, was thereafter, for many years lived in by Dodges. Dudley Chase, was the ancestor of Rev. Philander Chase, bishop of Ohio and Illinois, and Hon. S. p. Chase of Ohio.History of the town of Sutton, Massachusetts, Vol. I, page 386, written in 1878
Next, it was owned by Richard Hubbard Dodge, and then by his son, Jacob Dodge whose large family were all born here. Jacob was an enterprising man, built several houses and was a large landholder. Jacob Dodge and his wife, Elizabeth Rawson, were the parents of 7 children, of whom Reuben Rawson Dodge was number 6. He almost undoubtedly grew up in this house. His brother, Gardner was the third owner.
Gardner H. Dodge was the third Dodge to live in this house. Gardner improved the place including the addition of a large barn. He made carriages and threshing machines. When Threshing machines were first introduced into this area, Gardner ran one himself, and was assisted by "an industrious and intelligent boy, now Judge Calvin E. Pratt of New York.:" History of the townof Sutton, Massachusetts, Vol. I, page 386, written in 1878 - History of the townof Sutton, Massachusetts, Vol II, page 351, written in 1952 we are told that this house was built in 1775 and for many years was known as the Gardner Dodge Place. Mr. Dodge built the barn, ran the farm and also manufactured threshing machines in a shop he erected. He was evidently successful in this venture, for he often said that one machine was sent to California, "around the Horn." He was also a blacksmith and shod many oxen.
When Gardner died, his widow, sold the property to Julia Erickson. The home is now owned by the Dakin family.