Kimball House History:
This once and future elegant home, originally christened Montague Place, was built by Robert. Kimball, a Vermont farm boy who made his fortune on Wall street. He built the mansion in 1887 so he and his family could always come home.
Kimball believed that arts, knowledge and culture were not separate from a practical life but should rather lie at the center of it. Acting on these cored beliefs, he gave the town of Randolph its fine public library and, later, its public golf course.
In October of 2001, needing space and a project to match its vision, the Craft Center found an opportunity to purchase a tarnished jewel of a building. This was the Kimball House, a 10,000+ square foot mansion that had been built in a grand Victorian Queen Anne style.
Over time, Kimball’s home has served as a summer retreat for the family, a country club for Kimball’s golf course, an inn, and for almost half a century it was Tranquility Nursing Home. Now the Kimball House, current home of the White River Craft Center, is poised to rejoin its community for full and vibrant public use.