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.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Dating Parts of the House

On the left side of the house is the 1856 (approximately ) addition built by James Harris. It has a brick chimney , and is two big rooms with a hall, and a 3rd floor attic room .

The bay window was added to the log cabin in about 1905, and I believe the room above it was probably added later . On the far end of the upstairs room, there are logs about waist high , but only in one spot. We were told at one time that the beams in the log room possibly dated it to 1825. I haven't been able to find documentation on the cabin, although there are some tax records which might help.

I'm not clear on the age of the room on the farthest right , which is now the kitchen. It has very old beams and an enclosed staircase , with a stone fireplace. 

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