Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 30, 1970):
Built in 1805-06, this is a noteworthy example of a five-part Federal house. Elaborately carved interior mantels contrast with simpler woodwork. In addition, Gore Place is nationally significant as representative of the central role of domestic labor in American labor history. The physical structure of the house reflects changes in household labor, ideals of domesticity, working and living conditions of servants, and women's role in the family during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. It also stands as a nationally significant property for interpreting domestic service because of the role of African-American butler Robert Roberts in codifying rules and guidelines for domestics. While under the employ of the Gores, roberts published The House Servant's Directory, one of the few guidebooks written by a domestic for other domestics.