We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Never knew the name "spite house," but our first house in Goffstown was something like it. Spring Street was supposed to continue on and connect to High Street, but one of the landholders didn't like the idea, and she built a single-room summer cottage smack in the middle of the route in 1906. It's only a short distance from the center of town, but in those days it was out in the wilderness, on a little rise. Spring Street eventually extended out to that property and no further, with houses gradually built on both sides.
The house grew, one room at a time, and as a young man with no especial building or repair skills it was quite a frustration to me to figure out what was what. As near as I could tell, rooms were added in the 20's, 40's, and 50's, the bathroom coming in that middle improvement at the same time as the kitchen. An ell was added sometime after. Most of it seemed assembled from whatever scraps were available - the bathroom door was an old exterior door with glass panel, which my wife cleverly painted a stained glass scene onto. The house had a nice clerestory window and dark beadboard panelling on walls and ceiling of the main room, too. We lived there from 1978-86. A more recent owner has extended the roof and added two more rooms. I hope he upgraded the knob & tube wiring at the same time.
On Rte 101 in Marlborough, (NH) you can see spite painting. A man who didn't get a variance painted his house purple and green years ago, and it has become something of a landmark.
Assistant Village Idiot