Old Colony History Museum

The Taunton House That Got Away

By William F. Hanna

Throughout its almost 400 year history many of Taunton’s most celebrated houses have fallen victim to the wrecking ball, most claimed by avarice or indifference. Because so few of these treasures have lasted over the centuries, let’s begin the New Year with a story of a great Taunton house that has not only survived, but prospered — even though it had to move 100 miles away to do so.

In January 1930, the Phillips House left Taunton forever. Built in 1767, it was a six-room, gambrel-roofed dwelling that exemplified both fine…