From the late 18th century

The first written evidence of this structure appears in the 1799 deed of sale when the property was sold by Samuel Vial Peck to Shearjashub Bourne. Modest, single-story houses of this sort, 600-900 square feet in size, represented close to one-third of the houses in the interior parts of New England. The better houses included two furnished stories; the bottom third were smaller than ours. The floor plan and dress of finish are also typical of average “middling” houses in Rhode Island at the end of the 18th century.