Anne W. Baker

Date Built


Date of Restoration

2004 -


Historical Structure Report prepared for the Massachusetts Historical Commission. Prepared by Anne W. Baker. Dated October 11, 2004. Describes the importance of Akin House and detailed architectural and structural features.


762 Dartmouth Street, Dartmouth, MA

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Historical Structural Report October 11, 2004 Akin House 762 Dartmouth Street South Dartmouth, Massachusetts The Akin House is an excellent example of the classic Cape Cod building type and as a cultural resource is representative of a local building tradition tied to the 17th and 18th century farming community of South Dartmouth. As such the house stands in mark contrast to the areas existing 19th century town houses. Deed research and physical examination indicate that the pre-Revolution Akin House was built between 1762 and 1764 by Job Mosher "house carpenter." In March of 1767 Mosher sold the homestead farm to Jonathan Delano, Jr a mariner. Nine months later, December 1767, his widow sold their homestead farm to Elihu Akin, a prominate and wealthy South Dartmouth resident and shipbuilder, who purchased the property as an investment. During the 1778 British occupation of South Dartmouth Elihu Akin's business property's and homestead farm where destroyed by fire. Financially strapped Akin moved his family into the Cape he had purchased in 1767, where he lived until his death in 1794. The ownership of the house remained in the Akin family for 204 years. In 2003 the Akin House was bought by WHALE (The Waterfront Historic Area Leaque) of New Bedford, Massachusetts.

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Cape Cod Style