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Buildings & Architecture

Farm House

The Farm House (ca. 1740)

With its double-pile, laterally expanded plan and Dutch framing system, the farm house typifies the region’s early domestic architecture and contains evidence of its Colonial past, as well as Georgian, Federal, Victorian and Colonial Revival features.

The main block of the Farm House may date in part to before the Revolutionary War and is undoubtedly no later than the early 1800s.

Despite extensively remodeling in the Victorian era and again in the Colonial Revival mode around the middle of the last century, the Farm House retains some notable early fabric like the beaded clapboards attached with hand-wrought nails visible in the attic, and more may remain intact behind later finishes.

The western, and earliest, portion of the house, with its three first-floor rooms and two fireplaces, conceivably was the dwelling of the first owner: the Rev. Samuel Kennedy (1720—1787).  

Features listed below are suggestive of an early construction date:

  • Bead-edged clapboards surviving on what was the original east gable of the western portion of the house.
  • Hand-wrought nails
  • Mud and straw noggin in the north wall of the living room
  • Beaded edge on the visible southwest corner post upstairs
  • Hand-hewn ceiling beams  

The Farm House has been restored and adaptively repurposed as an arts center.