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Smith–Darling House

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c. 1810–1820. 370 Barnes Rd.

This two-and-one-half-story, five-bay farmhouse with a central chimney, plainly carpentered in the Federal style, is nicely related to the winding road, at once close to it but also a little aloof from it on a slightly raised stone-edged terrace which gives a degree of privacy. Its pilastered door (which may be of a later date) looks to the barn, across the road and hard by it, which reinforces the wedding of road to farm. Adjacent to the house is a stone retaining wall, an outstanding example of drywall construction. It once closed the rear of what appears to have been a blacksmith shop, and continues as the high basement of a no longer extant barn. The exposed smithing fireplace still stands as a relic. In the fields behind the barn is the family burial ground, which contains eighteenth-century stones.

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William H. Jordy et al.
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William H. Jordy et al., "Smith–Darling House", [Burrillville, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/RI-01-BU14.

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