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Rutland, MA: A House for Under $5,000?

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Well, in Rutland, Massachusetts, for instance. This place has more than 4,000 cedar shingles, 1,300 bricks, hardwood floors, a granite foundation, windows and doors that open easily, and vintage kitchen appliances. All in all, it’s a beautiful model of a regular house, skillfully and meticulously built by Don H. Lovett Sr. and Helen L. Eddy.

It’s been donated as a fundraiser to the First Congregational Church of Rutland (which, incidentally, is in the exact center of Massachusetts) by Mrs. Betty J. Eddy, Helen’s mother, in memory of her husband, David H. Eddy Jr.

How much would you pay for this house? Well, we’re told the materials came to $950 wholesale, but the church’s deacons have estimated their retail value as $2,275. To us, that seems low, as a project of this type might go for $6,500 in a dollhouse store. Anyway, if you’re interested, you can contact the good people of the church at: 508-886-4453; rutlanducc@verizon.net

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