This Limestone farm dwelling was brought from Chedworth, Gloucestershire in the Cotswold Hills of southwestern England. Built approximately 1620, the construction of this house coincided with the first waves of English immigration in the colonies of the New World. Limestone was abundant in England and many English homes were made from this natural resource. In England, cottages like this one were small, modest homes found in the country.
This picturesque building style, commonly found in the English Cotswold region, became a favorite architectural model in the United States in the 1920’s and 30’s, especially for homes of the wealthy. Known simply as the Cotswald Cottage after the region it came from, these quaint farmhouses offered a landowner in both England and the United States a way to escape from their fast-paced lives.
This particular cottage replica offers gathering place for patrons to get a taste of the English country living serving English-inspired pastries, like scones with clotted cream, tea cookies and mini tea cakes or elegant savories, like the sumptuous truffled egg sandwich on brioche. The Fords were attracted to the distinctive character of Cotswold buildings, which are characterized by the yellow-brown stone, tall gables, steeply pitched roofs, and stone ornamentation around windows and doors. Several decorative additions were made to the house in England, before dismantling and re-erecting it in Greenfield Village.
Beautiful garden views abound from the back and the front overlooking neighbors farmhouses and windmills. Henry Ford purchased Cotswold Cottage in 1929. The house, barn and fences, which are all made from limestone, were taken apart stone by stone and sent by ship to the United States. The house today is surrounded by Victorian flower gardens. Strolling the grounds a beautiful summers day gave one the sense of English cottage getaway.
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