E. F. (Ernest) Hodgson began building chicken coops, called Peep-o’-Day coops, for small wannabe chicken farmers in 1892. This led to portable chicken coops called WigWams. He developed a system that allowed him to build the coops in prefabricated parts and shipped anywhere.
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America's First Prefab Homes Were Not From Sears Roebuck
He designed a unique bolt together system and he quickly started utilizing it to build kit sheds, dog houses, poultry houses and the Hodgson Camp Cottage, a single room home. Summer cottages soon followed.
After outgrowing a small factory on the family farm, he moved his operation to a new factory in Dover, Massachusetts. After his factory burned down in 1911 he built a new factory next to the railroad yard and began shipping kit homes all over the United States. His homes found their way to the entire world.