JULY 10, 2012 - I can't tell you how many hours I have worked on this house. Three items have surfaced as to its origin and purpose, but nothing conclusive. The builder's name, however, was discovered, Davis Harland Anderson. So that has been helpful. Also, after looking at other houses built at that time, it was noted that they all had a similar Victorian design.
In 1895, the railroad had finally made it to Broadalbin. There was also a plank road from Broadalbin to Fish House. With this vast improvement in transportation, it seems that these small houses were built as summer residences. Fish House had long been the summer home for wealthy families. With the coming of the railroad, it opened the way up for others to easily enjoy it as well.
This little house continues to snag my attention. I was researching another house, the one I call the Hascy House and found a real estate ad from 1913. It stated that there was also a "man's cottage" on the grounds. The builder of the Hascy House is the same builder of this little house pictured above. I then went to a 1911 map and found that the lot that this little cottage ended up on was owned by Hascy in 1911. So now my thoughts are...did this little house originate on the Hascy estate and then get moved to where it is now? Is the photo above showing the house in transport and not where it was originally? Time to go to the Town Clerk to see if I can unravel this mystery. I also contacted Hascy relatives for any photos, hopefully they have some showing this little cottage!