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As Time Goes By

I was built in the 1880's on School House Road in North River, for Jacob and Frances Davis who were married in 1873. My design is that of a Victorian farmhouse. I'm somewhat unusual for the area due to my high ceilings and numerous windows making me difficult to keep warm. I stand proudly at 38 feet tall with 41 double hung windows. My fa ade looks just as it did one hundred years ago.

If you look behind my molding throughout the house you'll find Jacob's name still written on the wood. Jacob cleared and farmed the land around me. His brothers did the same on the adjacent lots. I regret to say that Jacob & Frances never had children to run up and down my many staircases.

In 1889, Julia Elizabeth Oliver, (aka, Jeanne Robert Foster, famous Adirondack Poet) stayed with Jacob and Frances when she was ten years old. Frances was her mother's cousin. During this period, Julia would accompany Jacob on his trips to Blue Mountain and help Frances with household chores.

This is also where she learned to play the piano and read music. In a letter written to Julia from her mother she pleads with her daughter to return home but Julia wished to remain within my walls until after one year her mother insisted that she return home.

In the early 1900's, an addition was added to my north side at which time I was given the name Cedarwood Farm. My doors were opened to people who were recovering from Tuberculosis to sit on my porches and breathe in the fresh air. I recall one patient by the name on Edie who took numerous photographs of me and the patients that can still be viewed in my parlor and on the walls throughout my building.

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