AUBURN — The Androscoggin Historical Society will have an open house from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at one of the city’s oldest structures, the Knight House.

The small Cape Cod-design building, dating back to 1796, is in West Pitch Park near the falls and the Auburn Riverwalk. Parking is available nearby at the Great Falls Plaza.

Doug Hodgkin, society president, said the open house could provide a nice outing for adults and children. “They will be able to see how people lived more than 100 years ago, and there will be guides who will talk about the interesting displays,” said Hodgkin.

An adjoining shoe shop next to the house also will be open to the public. It contains tools and equipment that demonstrate how some Auburn residents made their living at that time in the city’s history.

The Knight House is not the oldest house in Auburn, but is the oldest frame house in the Goff Corner area, which is downtown Auburn. It is typical of houses built at the time.

The oldest house title probably would go to a building in the Danville or South Auburn part of the city. Those neighborhoods, with the present New Auburn, were once part of the town of Danville, first settled in 1762.

Records indicate that the house has had 12 owners and was moved six times. It was originally located on Cross Street near North River Road, about a mile from the present site. It probably was built on a 100-acre tract by settler Caleb Lincoln, a Revolutionary War veteran who soon conveyed it to Hezekiah Wyman of Bath.

After a succession of six owners, the house was sold to Nathaniel Knight in 1864. Knight had it moved to Goff’s Corner village, which began near what is now the corner of Court and Main streets.

There is no charge for the tour, but donations will be accepted.


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