914 Church Street - The 1851 Nunan Map of Honesdale shows this property as the home of Ebenezer Kingsbury. He was an attorney, a state senator, and for a time, the Speaker of the Senate. Senator Kingsbury died at age forty in 1844, leaving a wife and five children. Elizabeth Kingsbury, his widow, sold the property in 1857 to I.N. Foster who was in the mercantile business with his father Isaac and brother William. In 1896 I.N. Foster willed to his daughter Susan G. Ham "the house and lot on Second Street where I now reside." Rosie Barkley of Damascus was the next owner, buying the house from Susan Ham in 1909 for $5,000. She sold it to Attorney Chester Garratt in 1921. Garratt practiced his profession for forty-five years and was considered Dean of the Wayne County Bar. The house was left to his children and his daughter Elsa, an artist who lived there with her husband, local artist Howard Becker, until 1979. At that time Gary Butcher and Gerald Swendsen purchased the property and did extensive remodeling. ARCHITECTURAL STYLE: ITALIANATE
Line Drawing by Judith Hunt
From 1993 through 2008 the Honesdale National Bank published an annual wall calendar, each featured 13 historic sites. The sites were chosen and researched by a committee of the historical society and artwork was commissioned to Judy Hunt and William Amptman by the bank.
This page was one month of the calendar and was made possible through the Wayne County Commissioners and a Tourism Promotion Committee’s Tourism Grant.