Otis House

Uncovering the Layers


During the restoration of this room, workers uncovered eleven layers of wallpaper from over the years.  They stripped them off layer by layer and made a huge discovery.  The bottom layer (left) had a 1796 British tax stamp affixed to the back (right).  This stamp identifies the paper as British and dates it to the building of this house, leading us to believe that the Otises chose this paper for this room, offering visitors a glimpse of the personal style and tastes of the homes original owners.