John Sr. and Maymie had The Newlywed Cottage built for their son John Jr. & his new bride Annie just before the U.S. entered World War II. It was a little home with a living room, kitchen, and dining room on the first floor and the bedroom & bath up on the second. The parents lived on the property just two houses down from the honeymooners. When John Jrs. parents passed, the couple moved into the bigger house and rented out their first home for the rest of their lives.
When I bought the cottage it had been vacant for quite a while. The layout of this small home was not too much different than it had been when the cottage was originally built in the early 1940's. There were a few clear changes to the finishes inside and out, but in most ways it had been the same for three quarters of a century.