Dutton House portrays the home of an 1820s New England entrepreneur and his family. The house was built by Salmon Dutton in Cavendish, Vermont in 1782 and served as both as family residence and—at various times in its history—a tavern, an inn, and office space for several different enterprises. Dutton House was moved to the Museum in 1950 when a road-widening project threatened the structure. It was the first dwelling relocated to the grounds.
Dutton House’s history of different and evolving uses is reflected in its continuous architecture. From an original saltbox-style cottage—a typical New England style distinguished by an asymmetrical roof—Dutton’s descendants added many wings and additions to create a network of interconnected structures.