(T)he old stairs to the cellar...are very rare and interesting, with solid steps, triangular in section secured to two sloping beams. These stairs are broken by the decay of the stays.
The carpenters who framed the house followed a fairly common practice in southern New England by exposing the sill, that is, laying the floor joists directly on the stone foundation walls and running the sills over top. The rest of the frame was built in the usual way with a separate set of down-braces and studs for each story.
(T)he cellar cannot have assumed its present size earlier than the addition of the parlor, because its western end extends beyond the original west gable and under the parlor...(T)he cellar enlargement, the bulkhead, and the flight of solid oak cellar stairs...all belong to the third quarter of the eighteenth century. The seventeenth-century cellar, also stone lined, was a much smaller affair tucked into the northeast corner of the foundation. A portionof collapsed masonry along the north wall marks one end.