House Restoration

Winter 1946
our beautiful home was built between 1849-1851 by Harriet Smith Bradbury, a local Quaker woman whose family was a part of the original group of settlers of the Farmington, NY area. based on the pictures and history we have, we originally thought that Harriet was a single woman who had no children of her own, recently we discovered that she was in fact married to a man named Thomas and lived to raise her 4 nieces and nephews after her sister died.

our history tells the story of a fiesty, independent woman who knew what she wanted and got it, both in life and in building her beautiful house. Cobblestone buildings are unique to the area of Western NY- according to Cobblestone Quest by Rich and Sue Freeman, “over 90% of cobblestone buildings in the US reside within a 65 mile radius of Rochester, NY.” A cobblestone is technically any stone that is round and can be held comforatably in the hand- Harriet Bradbury built hers from round red sand stones that she collected from the shores of Lake Ontario. the story tells us she drove her horse drawn cart up with a helper every friday evening, hand picking each stone all weekend and driving back on Sunday in order to have enough stones for the mason for the week come monday.
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to be continued…