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Fern Hill Farm

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Fern Hill Farm
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Date Added
1/4/2019 3:42:15 PM
Farms and Barns
Gift of
Flora Weeks
Collection Title
Misc Documents
Collection Description
Misc Documents
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Search Engine Type

The cover photo is from a 1962 Christmas Card.  The inside of the card is shown below.  The senders were Aldace Walker Newton (1878 - 1972) and his wife Nellie Isabelle Batcheller (1879 - 1963).  This Creek Rd farm was bought by Aldace's parents Alexander J. Newton (1836 - 1913) and Eliza Marie Benson (1840 - 1918) ca. 1869 when they sold what is known as the Powers House to Nichols Montgomery Powers, the nationally prominent bridge builder.  The Powers House is featured in the Homes collection as is the home (the Newton House) that Aldace's grandparents Alexander M. Newton (1804 - 1881) and Lucilda Lindley (1803 - 1883) built ca. 1850 on Creek Road north of Walker Mountain Rd. 

Before the Newtons, the Smith family owned this farm.  Perry Smith (1814 - 1871) and his wife Lovina Button (1816 - 1899) were living there by 1840.  By 1860 they had relocated to Wallingford and their son Lucian was living on the farm. 

The house is said to date to 1820.  If that is correct then someone else was there prior to Perry & Lovina.   

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