“Every old house has a story . . . Thus in each ancient structure there are clues to the past – if we take the time and concern to look, to learn, to touch, to document, to preserve. By so doing we will be able to give our past to the future. So simple and so essential.” From Anne W. Baker's book, Collecting Houses: 17th Century Houses – 20th Century Adventures, (2003), a memoir that draws on her forty plus years of experience in rescuing early colonial structures and imparting her passion for old houses and for the stories they can tell.

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Anne “Pete” W. Baker (Oct. 20, 1926-Dec. 12, 2011) was a prominent historic preservationist who “collected” and preserved over two hundred 17th and 18th century homes and buildings in coastal Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. This exhibit highlights her most notable projects with photographs, architectural and historical drawings, and documentation concerning the restoration of each building, including correspondence with building owners. Watch Baker's presentations: "Antique Structures" and "The Anatomy of Old Houses"

Akin House
Coggeshall House 001: Exterior in Westport
Coggeshall House
Cory House
Gray's Mill
Gray's Mill
Isaac Collins House / Farm
Macomber-Sylvia Building
Macomber-Sylvia Building
Mott House
Mott House
Russell-Ekstrom House 010: Exterior
Russsell-Ekstrom House
Vincent House
Vincent House
Waite Potter House
Waite Potter House
Estabrook Farm House 005: Exterior
Estabrook Farm House
Estabrook Farm House 001: Exterior

Estabrook Farm House 001: Exterior