Dole-Little House

Built around 1715, with materials salvaged from an earlier structure, the Dole-Little House was constructed for Richard Dole, a cattleman. The house was built on a two-room, central-chimney plan with a small kitchen shed at the rear. This shed has since been replaced with a larger lean-to. Decorative carpentry and finish include chamfered edges, molded sheathing (especially in the great hall and parlor) and possibly original stair balusters. Acquired by Florence Evans Bushee in 1954, the house was subsequently restored to reflect the original period by restoration contractor Roy Baker. Baker discovered that new mortise and tenon joints and various other changes had been added to many of the salvaged framing members to allow them to conform to the plan of the house. During restoration efforts, the lean-to was removed and reconstructed with new timbers, and a small-paned sash from the front of the house was reinstalled in the lean-to. The paneling from one chamber was removed and reinstalled as an exhibition room at the National Museum of History and Technology in Washington, D.C. A copied version was reinstalled in the chamber. The stair balusters, removed by Baker in 1955, are now on display in the house. SPNEA (now Historic New England) received the title to the house after Mrs. Bushee’s death in 1975.


289 High Road Newbury, MA 1951

Driving Directions

I-95 to Route 113, Newburyport. Route 113 turns into Route 1A (High Street). Follow Route 1A for 7 miles. House is on left.

Notes & Advisories

Parking: There is a small lot in front of the house, and on-street parking is permitted for short periods of time.


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