The Samuel Clarke Farm, which, not long ago, was derelict and at risk of total ruin, was selected for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1691, the wood-frame house was expanded in the 1700s and again between 1895 and 1937. There are several outbuildings: a wagon barn, a hay barn, a root cellar, an elevated corn crib, a blacksmith shop, a large outhouse and a one-room schoolhouse.
“It took months to get it habitable,” John Peixinho, who bought the property in 2015 said. “It was also a real trick because I didn’t want to do anything to make it any different. I didn’t want to straighten the walls or straighten the floors or do anything to change it at all. I just wanted to stabilize it, and I had to create a plan where I spent money first where it needed to be spent … I think it sounds cliché, but you have to let the place talk to you. You sort of get to know what’s right.”
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