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.
Over the years, the families who lived in this home had a variety of jobs. From the early 1700s to the mid-1800s, several generations of the Sley/Robins/Smith family worked as farmers and stone masons. With most of the homes in the Chedworth area made of stone, being a stone mason was a good occupation and meant steady income for the family.
This picturesque building style, commonly found in the English Cotswold region, became a favorite architectural model in the United States in the 1920s and 30s, especially for homes of the wealthy.
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 and is one of the most picturesque building in the entire village.
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