The property is being billed as the French-Taylor building in honor of James E. French ( 1845-1919) who owned the building and made numerous changes to it , including the addition of a second story, around the turn of the 19th century.
In a time when the NH Legislature was controlled by the larger and more prosperous cities to the south such as Concord, Manchester and Nashua, French was able to gain unprecedented power and influence representing a small community in the Lakes Region as the oldest serving member of the legislature having been sent back to Concord year after year by local voters. He also served as a NH State Senator. In addition to having served on many important committees, he was also the district collector for the US Internal Revenue Service for Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
He was also a mover and shaker in Moultonboro. According to this article from the Moultonboro Historical Society James E. French Jr. was born in Tuftonboro in 1845, and moved to Moultonboro at age six. He was educated in the “common schools” of our town and at the New Hampshire Conference Seminary in Tilton, the predecessor of
|James E. French|
|French-Taylor Building Circa 1870.|
|Bedroom on second floor|
|View onto Whittier Highway from second floor.|
|Numerous examples of these old light fixture throughout the house as well as " antique" door knobs and hardware.|
|Beautiful claw foot tub in upstairs bathroom.|
|Built in cabinetry in upstairs bathroom|
|Very old stenciling in a bedroom closet|
|Exquisite glass window on front door. Unfortunately, the other side of the front door was|
missing a sister window which was broken during a recent Moultonboro Fire Department training exercise.
|Stairway to the second floor|
Moultonboro has traditionally taken a slow approach to just about everything and the future of this historic property should be no exception. Lets get it right.