Baluster from Montpelier, ca. 1795
Henry Knox had Captain Thomas Vose supervise the building of Montpelier; a laborious task considering the number of details to attend to in constructing a nineteen room house. The invoice from Marlboro Packard, Jr. for turning “50 dozen bannisters” was probably to outfit the flying staircase at Montpelier. When the house was torn down,many of the locals took balusters as souvenirs. They became such a common sight around town that they were known as “Thomaston walking sticks.”

Donated to Montpelier from an unknown source
Accession Number: P-102

Henry Knox Papers, Collection 166 of the Maine Historical Society
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