9. The Montgomery Hart / Andrew Collett House
This may be the oldest existing structure in Beverly, for tradition says James Westfall built the first floor of the north section of this home as a log fort in 1772-74. However, Lucy Brown McCrum, in her "Beverly Recollections," writes of this house "I believe it was built by one of the old Harts." Deed records on the original lot are confused, and it was referred to in different deeds as lot #9 or lot #19.
By 1840 this house was owned by Montgomery Hart, who had a saddle shop down the street. In 1860, "Gum" Hart traded this house to Marteny Buckey in exchange for the Buckey Hotel up the street. This house was also used at some time as a tavern, and during the Civil War was used as a hospital. It was bought by Andrew J. Collett in 1871 and stayed in his family until 1948.
In time the house was enlarged and the log portion covered with clapboards. The depth of the doorways shows the original log section which survives in the north-east section of the current house. Now a 5-bay 2-story house with an addition on the rear, it has an outside end chimney on the south and two interior chimneys. The recessed entry shows such Federal style features as a panelled door with sidelights and transom.
This house is located on the southwest corner of North Main and Collett streets.