Stanley Whitman House

Stanley Whitman House

The Stanley-Whitman House dates from 1720 but incorporates earlier features typical of late-17th-century work.  It is a classic New England saltbox, with its typical long, sloping roof to the rear, central chimney, framed second-story overhang with pendants and diamond-paned sash windows. The house is currently a museum, highlighting the town’s 18th- and 19th-century history, including three Amistad related items: a “Kitchen Directory,” stating which Mende were to perform which household tasks on certain days, a watercolor of “Josheph Cinquez” and a letter from the Mende to John Quincy Adams. Also in the museum’s collection are a canteen carved from a coconut shell (said to have been used on the Amistad) and a buttermold said to have been carved by Cinque. These items may be seen by appointment.