Two-year renovation campaign saves historic Muttock house

The renovation team that saved the circa 1840 Ebenezer Soule homestead on North Street was headed up by (left to right) homeowners Roger and Lorna Brunelle, and Gosson Construction owner Ed Gosson. The trio are standing in the heart of the new addition, next to the original chimney and beehive oven that were preserved. PHOTO BY ROBERT BARBOZA/THE GAZETTE

MIDDLEBORO — Some people would have just torn the old house down, and started over, building again from the foundation up. But Lorna and Roger Brunelle saw something special in the old Greek Revival farmhouse they had purchased in 1996, and decided to save it.

Instead of bulldozing the old Soule-Wood House on North Street, they tore off the newest and ugliest additions to the building over the years, and attached a new 24 by 54-foot two-story addition to the back of the house as part of a $345,000 repair and renovation project.

Now, the Middleborough couple has the best of both worlds — the carefully restored and tastefully improved original 1840s farmhouse overlooking the road, plus a new kitchen, dining room and other rooms packed with all modern amenities — but made to look old.

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