16 Grove Street

Built around 1870, this Italianate house – a style that proved so popular during the 1850s and 1860s –  has retained much of its original detail and all of its original charm. Among the picturesque touches include the bracketed eaves, the decorative door and window trims, and the projecting bay windows.

The house was first associated with Hiram Cook, who moved to Verona following the Civil War and became the first to turn Verona Lake from an ordinary mill-pond into a recreation center.  Later owners William P. Rich and William Johnson were local businessmen in the early 20th century.