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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.

Writing Credits

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—,

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