Buckley Rumford Fireplaces
Chris Pinchbeck 1822 House in Maine

Dec 15, 2011


Seen anything like these? There are two of them - dual sided. Built 1822 - Hope, Maine by a guy named Wade Sweetland who was from Mass.

The second floor had fireplaces as well....but they were truncated when the house had a 2nd story fire.

Would there be any interest/value out there in saving them?? The house is on its way down...and we should have it dismantled in about a week....

Thanks, Chris


    Sorry it has taken me so long to respond.

    Interesting. The one where I can see the firebox looks like a Rumford. I don't quite understand what's going on above the firebox. Is that the smoke chamber or flue passageway that has been opened up? Looks kind of big.

    Building fireplaces back to back within the same enclosure was common. Is that what you mean by "duel sided"?

    Too bad the house and fireplaces had to come down. Looks in pretty good condition and I take it you know the history.

    Thanks for sending me the pictures. I'd be interested in anything else you can tell me about the house and fireplaces.

    By the way I enjoyed the pictures on your website, especially the pinhole camera technique. My grandson is a portrait photographer.

    Warm regards,
    Jim Buckley

Thanks Jim,

Yes, this image makes them look in a little better shape than they were. Indeed, back to back fireboxes, and I suspect at least another fire box on the second floor. The brick is literally caking apart as if it were no more than dried mud. They came from nearby town, Liconlnville made by Levi Mathews who had a kiln along a local stream. Wade Sweetland, (father was Samson Sweetland - his father Samaul Sweetland from England), paid $1 for 200 bricks.

The house once acted as a Post Office, Tavern/Inn and the roof burned off in the late 1940's. I suspect from the back ells somewhere....perhaps the summer kitchen. Here are a few more pics of the actual house. We're saving what remains of the original house....this 1st floor box.... and will bring it back to life in the form of my bagpipe workshop (I also make pipes beyond my photo work).

I've just made a contact last night of one of the family members who might have pictures and an old suitcase of town meeting minutes from the house... I'll be thrilled to look through them.

Again - thanks for getting back to me....

Yes to add....mold, extensive water in the basement without anywhere to put it in terms of slope, rotted sills, knuckling sills, rotted studs, rotted corner posts, single pain windows, no insulation, walls only 3 inches thick, rotted exterior trim, extensive roof leaking..... shall I continue :):) We're saving everything we can and have taken it down in an extremely efficient manner in terms of using any and all usable materials. I spent less than $500 at the dump. Plus, we're giving the true essence of the old place - the frame - hopefully another 190 yrs of service... so in all, I'm thrilled with the way we've done it and how it will all come back to life next spring.

Let me know if I can answer any other questions...

Cheers, Chris

Original house
House after all of its basatardations after fire - after they took the barn down etc. We moved this garage to another lot.
We're taking the rest of this down for storage on Tuesday.
These are the timbers we're saving for the new space..you can see fire char on the lower image...

Forgot to mention -

The flues are triangular in shape...each fire box having its own.... so they initially make that twist in the brick - then run up in a triangular shape along the side perpendicular to the fire box. I suspect this construction allowed for yet room for two more flues up above on the second floor.....those also having a triangular shape - but running straight up from the firebox. If we were to look down the chimney, think of seeing an "X" in the brick construction... I'll try to get a pic today of the only remaining chimney........

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