Buying in a National Historical District

The Asbury Grove Historic District is listed for not only social and religious significance but the range of Architecture. 

The R. Sanderson Cottage c. 1871

Many designated historic districts come with strict rules. One of the biggest drawbacks to owning a historic home is that owners must adhere to strict rules and guidelines laid out by local historic societies. That means owners may not be able to change or add-on to their cottages without historic considerations. In 'The Grove' there are wonderful and clear notes one what should and shouldn't be done to keep up the historic value. 

The National Registry lists each of the periods below for significance:


Gingerbread roof facia Gothic Italianate Cottage 1870's Massachusetts Europe’s high Gothic period ran from the mid-12th century through the 16th century, but in the late 18th century, the style gained renewed interest, sparking the Gothic Revival movement. Once again, buildings with steeply pitched roofs, arched windows, and flying buttresses were popping up all over the continent.


The Wee Fae 'Ouse

About The Cottages

Cottages & Building fall into 3 categories.

  1. Corporate Owned
    • All of the community buildings
    • The Recreational areas and facilities
    • The historic buildings 
    • Cottages that have been left in disrepair buy their owners and have been taken back by the Corporation due to non-payment or the owners death. 
  2. Privately Owned Year Round Homes & Cottages
    • The "front" of The Grove along Asbury Street is year round. 
  3. Privately Owned Seasonal Cottages
    • Cottages with surface seasonal water pipes
    • No designated parking or "lots" All land around and between the cottages is communal. 
    • These cottages are open from April 15th or later if there is a threat to turning on the water.
    • These cottage close at the end of October or earlier if there is a threat to keeping the water turned on. 

When buying in Asbury Grove there are a few things that people should know.

  1. You are buying the cottage only. A Bill of Sale is used, not a deed. The entire community is deeded to Asbury Grove Camp Meeting Association. This is similar to buying a mobile home in a park community.
    The cottage owners have an association, the fee was $5 per year in 2021. Owners also pay a quarterly fee to the Association. This fee is based on the size of the cottage. If a cottage owner would like to change the foot print of their cottage they must submit a description to the Grounds Committee for review and once approved they must also get a building permit from the town. Changing the footprint of a cottage will impact the quarterly fees paid.
  2. There are two sections of The Grove. There is a year round and a summer section. Cottage owners in the seasonal summer section are allowed to make changes to their cottage for 3 season use.  The roads in the summer section are not wide enough for fire and rescue to service the area in the winter. Only an outer fire lane is plowed. Because of this absolutely no one is permitted to live in the summer section year round. Cottage owners are permitted to walk the ground and check on their cottages in the winter. They may not heat them or use alternative waste and water systems in the winter.
  3. The land under the cottages is leased from the Asbury Camp Meeting Corporation and is renewed every 5 years.
  4. Prospective owners should be ready to allow a full background check, including your driving record, credit check and a CORI (Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information)
  5. Drywall and many traditional building materials will not stand up to the elements of a seasonal cottage. New owners should speak with long time owners or the Historical Committee about the success and failure of interior finish materials. For example gypsum board (drywall) can not with stand the moisture, freezing and heating that is standard in a summer cottage.