CARTER-NEWTON HOUSE & TOWN COMMONS
Next door to you, the Carter-Newton House was built immediately after the first structure on the site burned in 1849. It is a classical “Gone with the Wind” type home boasting beautiful columns, wide halls, large rooms, and winding stairs. The previous building was the Madison Female Academy.
The house we see today immediately replaced the old school. It was built by Carter Shephard who occupied it for 17 years. The next owner was the widow Electra Carter. She was the great aunt of Mr. Edward T Newton who took possession in 1944, thus establishing over 100 years of family ownership.
Notice the carriage blocks in front of this home and many other homes within the historic district. They were placed near the edge of the sidewalk to assist a high reach from the ground into a carriage or the mounting of a horse parked along the street. On many of these you will see the last name of the family inscribed, this one reading “Newton.”
TOWN COMMONS (MILITIA FIELD/HORSE TRACK)