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House For Sale: Kingston, Rhode Island

House For Sale: Kingston, Rhode Island
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Marilyn’s mother liked to say that not only had George Washington slept in their house but that he also had had his hair cut there. She was hopeful, she would say, of “finding one of his curls” someday. Historians don’t buy that, however, although they do admit that Washington was shaved in the house next door (still there) by a William “Major” Lunt, a barber who forever after told his customers that they were “being shaved by the same razor that had been applied to the face of General George Washington.” That rings true, and we believe Elizabeth Potter’s account, too. But we doubt Marilyn’s mother was ever going to find one of Washington’s curls. Anyway, didn’t he wear a wig?

Nonetheless, if you’re a member of the lucky third family to own the Asa Potter House and you’re rummaging around the two-room shed out back, or maybe behind a wall in the two newly restored rooms on the second floor of the old section — once the “servants’ quarters” and now a laundry and a potential office, both with overhead beams and exposed floorboards — you might keep an eye out for a few hairs.

Silly? Probably. But, well, you just never know. And where do you suppose “Major” Lunt eventually stashed that razor?

For details, contact Chip Munro, Keller Williams Realty, Cranston, RI. 401-785-1700, 401-473-5590;,

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