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Simon Aldrich Farm

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c. 1760. 1882 Old Louisquisset Pk. (pole 146, opposite the ramp to Route 146)

The second in this string of houses sits back from the road and boasts a complement of barns and outbuildings, all of heavy frame construction. Some, at least, probably date to the eighteenth century. It is the most completely preserved early farm complex in Lincoln, including an array of stone walls which bound and cross the property. Again the symmetry of its front is proximate. The six-over-six windows are larger than those of the Jenks House. The door exhibits a greater awareness of the classical tradition, especially in its simple, pedimented cap. This could have been a later improvement, in view of the plain block capitals of the flanking pilasters; the obtrusive, boardlike quality of the splayed lintels over the first-story windows; and the crowding of the apex of the pediment against the window above. These are evidences of a country sensibility, which, together with the vigorous handling throughout, also accounts for the character and charm of the house.

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William H. Jordy et al.
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William H. Jordy et al., "Simon Aldrich Farm", [Lincoln, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/RI-01-LI24.

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Buildings of Rhode Island, William H. Jordy, with Ronald J. Onorato and William McKenzie Woodward. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004, 198-198.

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