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Lippitt Hill Farm

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c. 1735; 1805 and later. 1231 and 1281 Hope Rd.

Uphill from the Lippitt Mills ( WW7), the Lippitt Hill Farm complex includes two farmhouses, numerous outbuildings, extensive stonewall-lined fields, and an unusual family cemetery. Both the Christopher Lippitt House (c. 1735) and the William Lippitt House (1805) are south-facing center-chimney dwellings typical of their respective periods of construction, the earlier with a pedimented Ionic door frame, the latter with a semicircular fanlight beneath a pedimented frame. The numerous barns, stables, well houses, and sheds bear testimony to the long agricultural history of the complex, while twentieth-century additions illustrate the transformation of the gentleman's farm into a country retreat. The family cemetery is now enclosed by a unique heart-shaped ring of pines planted by Julia Lippitt Mauran in the early twentieth century. Densely surrounded by a tangled thicket and now unintelligible from the ground, it can be discerned only from the air. But it was partly meant, after all, for angels' eyes.

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William H. Jordy et al.
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William H. Jordy et al., "Lippitt Hill Farm", [Cranston, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/RI-01-CR13.

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