Shipcarpenter Square Today

In addition to colonial style farmhouses and a travelers’ inn from rural Sussex County, the community includes three barns, a schoolhouse, two Victorian homes, a log home, a lifesaving station, a corner market and a lighthouse.

Screened-in porches, decks, gazebos, sunrooms, swimming pools and garages have little precedence in colonial period architecture, but it is recognized that such features/structures are an important part of contemporary living, and have been from the beginning a part of the Shipcarpenter Square community. Where they exist, the goal has been to have such elements utilize materials

and be of an architectural style that allows them to “blend in” with the old (historic) structure. Some instances have been more successful than others.

As property values increase and ownership changes occur, there has been a trend toward the expansion of homes through larger additions. This is a natural and understandable process that can occur within the framework of the Deed Restrictions, last revised and consolidated in 2003. Variances for hardship can occur, and an appeals process exists to ensure fairness. Some matters of design are necessarily subjective, including those that involve interpretation of such concepts as compatibility, harmony and appropriateness.

In the long run, we believe that one homeowner’s restriction is another homeowner’s protection.

Activities of the Association

Association members meet in general session in June and December. There is also a summer potluck picnic on the Commons in August and a Holiday party in December.
Disclaimer:  The materials at this web site, including the informal explanation of Shipcarpenter Square guidelines,
are provided for informational purposes only.