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Daniel Smith–David Andrew–Nelson Taft–Albert Todd Farm

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c. 1740; c. 1800 and later. 241 Farnum Pk.

This is more impressive as a remarkably long house with a saltbox extension than for the nicety of its ad hoc additions. The center section is oldest, its in-line continuation on either side added about sixty years later. Each segment has its chimney, the first centered, the others at either end of the elongated structure. Windows are rather casually ordered, and some are oddsized. Still, the ensemble and its reduced complement of outbuildings are both exceptional and picturesque (see FO31 for a comparable example of early in-line additions over time).

The successive occupants of this house present a generational saga of country trades through the entire nineteenth century (except for one city venture). Smith, a blacksmith, sold to Andrews, a millwright; his widow married Taft, a carpenter; their daughter chose Todd, a printer (the exception, who worked for the Woonsocket paper); his son became a lumber dealer and operated a sawmill on the property.

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William H. Jordy et al.
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William H. Jordy et al., "Daniel Smith–David Andrew–Nelson Taft–Albert Todd Farm", [Smithfield, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/RI-01-NS1.

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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, 238-239.

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