Needed: A New Family for Holcomb Rock

A new chapter for Holcomb Rock:

My children's father, Tom Berkeley, and I saved Holcomb Rock in 1983. We scraped the exterior paint, treated the clapboards with a mixture of linseed oil and turpentine before painting it, fixed the holes in the walls and the floors, added heat, added plumbing.

My children grew up there. Now at least part of the work and much of the work I had hoped to complete needs doing. The house is much too big for either of us, and is silent without the sound of play and visitors.

Our chapter at Holcomb Rock is over, and now we are looking for the next family for a house that has always had families and has out survived all but a few.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Dating the Addition

If you look in the pictures you will see a taller part of the house, on the left as you look at this picture.  This is two stories, but with a walk up to two rooms. When we bought the house, there were herbs hanging from the ceiling.

In the tax records, I found that in 1855 , James Harris's taxes show the value of "improvements" to be 20 for the building, but increased to 500 in 1856. Emily Harris was born that year as well.

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