The tradegedy that occurred last summer was horrible, but contrary to what some people would like the public to believe, the dispute was not over rent. At least it wasn't over unpaid rent. It started with the refusal to accept a check that had "for rent" written in the memo line and requesting rent in cash only. The owners were running an illegal boarding house.
Saw your note, thank you. Coincidentally I visited the Moody Mansion in mid-September. Something of a shock in terms of how much the building has deteriorated - sad. An extreme shock to learn that three weeks prior to that date, the husband of the couple that owned it had been stabbed by a tenant in a dispute over rent. Death ruled a homicide but no charges as the claim was self-defense. The only witness was tenant's girlfriend. Age of owner only 53, he had been a building contractor based in Massachusetts. Too bad for the house, he apparently had plans to continue repairs and at least some knowledge of how to do it. The surviving wife plans to try to sell. I doubt that a "savior" will appear with the energy, the will, the means or the personal ability to restore what had been an attractive structure and interior. I noted that the back part of the first floor had been modified beyond recognition - very unattractive.
The entire area is even more economically depressed than when I last had been a resident there (1961). It would not surprise me if the building is ultimately destroyed by decay or fire.
Assisted living would have been a good use provided that there were an appropriately sized leach field. I understand that the expense was prohibitive. Unfortunate.
John "Jake" Gordon
My mother and her partner owned this property from 1975 - 1985. (Patricia Brownell and Ruth Levasseur) They did an excellent job of refurbishing it and converting it into a thriving assisted living business known as The Victorian Manor. Sunday lunch was open to the public. Governor Joe Brennan and Senator George Mitchell dined with us on one occasion. Big news for this small town.
The property was sold in 1985 in pristine condition. We should have held onto it. The property was neglected and the business died.
It needs another owner with vision.
My father (George Jakubowycz) bought the "Moody House" from Fred(?) Scott in 1951(?). At that time the house was pretty much as built. This consisted of: the main house (20+ rooms)and another 11 room house (no basement) directly behind main house(most likely servant quarters, laundry etc.). There was direct entry between the two on the first and second floor where the back stairs are. The smaller house had a hallway that led to the barn. The barn had horse stalls on the first level (on the left as one entered, an open center and not sure as to what was on the right (somewhat deconstructed). The second level was for hay. The third level had a stage in the back and a dance floor. I recall the remains of a grand piano there. My father was a man of great energy and made many changes including the tearing down of the house in back and the barn which was rebuilt as a poultry building in a larger form by the brook. As a boy my job was to help. Sold to Boochko in 1969(?). Changes included exterior painting of the main house (white with a blue trim), 1st flr windows were full floor to ceiling French reduced to present form (for heating reasons), extending porch on side in front of the kitchen, dismantling some of porch in back, tearing down the porch extension in front where one could load and unload under cover etc. Sanding and refinishing many of the floors. Adding 3 half baths. Built the small stable/garage where the barn had been. He also built the stone wall where the chicken barn now stands. From my observation no one else had the energy to keep up with it since. Another note: At time of purchase there were still the remains of two mill stones by the first waterfall, a few bricks and a length of iron pipe 18" or 24" in diameter. There must have been a grist mill there.
The grandson of the builder stopped in the mid 50s in a chauffeur driven car. Stated that his grandfather built in 1896 and that he the grandson had summered there.