Historic Structures

Samuel Wilbor House, Old Chatham New York

Date added: February 8, 2010 Categories: New York House

Samuel Wilbor was a descendant of Samuel Wildboar one of the early settlers of Rhode Island. He moved to Chatham and between 1810 and 1820 built the two story main portion of the house. The rear wing and the story-and-a-half extension to the east were added by his grandson, who was the grandfather of the present owner (in 1936), Mrs. Ernest M. Smith,(Katharine Wilbor). Mr. Frederick M. Wilbor, the great-great grandson of the original builder, is still living (in 1936) in a house built nearby in 1807 by Edward Wilbor.

All the hand-carving inside the house is said to have been done by a Mr. Lay, whose handiwork was well known in the vicinity during the early 19th Century.