Architecture, History & Trees

Every time I pass one particular home on our road, I have to be careful. The site is so spectacular that my eyes cannot help but stray from the road toward the site on the hill. It is eye candy for an architecture, history, and tree devotee like me. The farmhouse itself is old, dating from 1733 with the large addition below added in the 1780’s. The sign on the porch reads 1780.

The house is amazing but two things that actually cause me to drive off the road are the massive trees from the 1780’s that flank the porch. They honestly take your breath away. Every time we pass when mister gardener is at the wheel, I snap photographs to look at later.

Here are a few I’ve taken in warmer seasons of the year. Photos can’t accurately portray the size of these two maples but in researching, I found that the tree on the right is the largest sugar maple in the state of New Hampshire. The limb that juts out at a 90 degree angle is larger than most sugar maples attain in a lifetime. Click the photos to enlarge.

This Federal period farmhouse from the 1780’s has 2 1/2 stories, a typical I-house with a gable and chimney at each end and one room deep. The entryway above has the half sidelights and the transom, both visible in the photos. The siding is original. An ell, so common in New England, connects the home to the c. 1733 home on the property. On our drive yesterday (before the big snowfall), I photographed the home from a side road where the view of the original farmhouse is visible.


I have photographs of the trees in fall as well and it’s an amazing sight. I’ll let you just use your imagination.

In looking at historic maps from the area, I see the home noted and the name of the early inhabitants. But since the 1950’s, a family of 12 children spent their childhood there and several still live there and close by. But this is the “small world” fact I recently discovered when researching. The realtor who sold us our home in Exeter was one of those 12 children. I love it when I can connect the dots like that….



11 thoughts on “Architecture, History & Trees

  1. Me too. I love connecting the dots. I’m glad you shared this post – thank you for it. I love the big old trees that one often finds on old homesteads. And these are a winner, trees house and all!
    Our old farmhouse was such a character in its own right that it got a role in my first book, A Good Home, and my second book, An Honest House, was rooted in the same farmhouse, with its big old Wolf River apple trees.

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  2. Love love love old farm houses and those trees are amazing. I recently went for a random drive in your area as I had a fussy baby who just fell asleep in the car. I too was trying not to rubber neck as I passed some beautiful old farmhouses. Great post!

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  3. No home is lovlier than a frame home to me. Here we think our home is old, but this one is 240 years older. Unreal. Still my favorite architecture. Also, it may be four times the size of ours, which makes us happy we don’t have to heat and cool it! Nice blog. Thanks. Perhaps our maples will be that big one day. I love that setting on a hill too. Dry cellar.


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