The Choate-Sias house, photo cour­tesy of Janet Carson

The charm­ing  red cape, now known as the Choate-Sias house, sits next to the stat­uesque Danville Con­gre­ga­tional Church on Hill Street.  The beau­ti­ful house is the result of a gen­er­ous gift from an anony­mous donor offered in 2006.

The donor’s offer and ensu­ing effort fell under the lead­er­ship of Mary Prior, for­mer Pres­i­dent and Direc­tor of the Danville His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety. She teamed with Paul Chouinard, a local his­to­rian and archi­tec­tural per­fec­tion­ist, to find a house that would make a fit­ting place to house archives and arti­facts as well as pro­vide meet­ing space for the Danville His­tor­i­cal Society.

By luck or grace, the lit­tle cape by the Con­gre­ga­tional Church became avail­able. It is near the cen­ter of the vil­lage and has his­tor­i­cal integrity. A  pro­to­typ­i­cal Cape Cod style home, it mir­rors the aus­tere sim­plic­ity of early nine­teenth cen­tury, rural Ver­mont homes. The lin­eage of the peo­ple con­nected with the house were among the long-standing fam­i­lies of Danville: Sias, Choate (the builder, a cabinet-maker), Cur­rier, Cahoon, Peck and Gadapee. The deed research estab­lished its con­struc­tion in 1838.

The two-year ren­o­va­tion included a great room addi­tion that makes an attrac­tive meet­ing space. Appro­pri­ate atten­tion was given to all details as well as com­pli­ance with Amer­i­cans with Dis­abil­i­ties Act. His­tor­i­cal House had its grand open­ing in May of 2009. It is the head­quar­ters of the Danville His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety and is open to the pub­lic two days a week. Hours are Tues­days and Thurs­days from noon to 7:00 pm, evenings by appoint­ment. To view a video walk-through of the house, con­ducted by Paul Chouinard, click here.

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