02/12 George Armstrong’s Tiny House

George Armstrong's tiny house in 1941

George Armstrong’s tiny house in 1941

Perhaps you’ve heard of the “Tiny House Movement,” in which people seek to live in a way that is simpler, inexpensive, has less environmental impact, and is more conducive to free time. A particular pleasure can be gained by designing and building a tiny house. Online, many variations are pictured. A tiny house has been defined as a dwelling that is 100 to 400 square feet in size.

Author and philosopher Henry D. Thoreau (1817-1862) can rightly be credited as a pioneer in consciously choosing to build and live year-round in a tiny house. He lived for just over two years in the woods of Concord, in a 10-x-15-foot house, which he famously wrote about in “Walden; or Life in the Woods” (1854).

Emulating Henry D., I built an even smaller cabin in the woods nearly 40 years ago, in which I lived (with the help of a nearby regular house) for 8 ½ years—a great experience. Consequently, I’m interested in the tiny house movement and similar approaches to living. After I married, I built a modest 24-by-28-foot timber frame house in the late 1980s. It seemed huge. I used to joke that “This is what Thoreau would’ve built if he’d had a family.” But philosophers and families have different needs—I’ve learned that lesson.

Given the above comments, imagine my interest when I learned that a member of my family had lived in a tiny East Sandwich house for 19 years. Since I first heard about my great-great uncle George Armstrong years ago, I have discovered more information about him, and I’d like to tell his story.

Read more – http://www.capenews.net/sandwich/columns/george-armstrong-s-tiny-house/article_8cad639b-466d-54d2-925b-00fe9caf813f.html


Elaine Walker