Vermont’s oldest contender: the Mooar-Wright House shrouded in mystery

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Vermont’s claim to the oldest building isn’t entirely settled. The Mooar-Wright House in Pownal stands as the most likely contender, with construction estimates ranging from 1750 to 1764. This historic house boasts a unique past, with some believing it was built by the Dutch, while others claim it was constructed by a British loyalist.

The exact construction date remains a mystery due to the absence of confirmed dendrochronology (tree-ring dating). Despite the uncertain origins, the Mooar-Wright House, preserved by the Pownal Historical Society, stands as a testament to Vermont’s early architecture and offers a glimpse into the state’s colonial past.

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