In 1790 John Dickinson of Northfield, Massachusetts, settled on the upper Browns River along the western slope of Mount Mansfield. Twenty-one years later he constructed this unusual one-and-a-half-story, two-family, random ashlar fieldstone house, which was probably shared with his son Robert M. Dickinson shortly after the latter's marriage. Each half of the house shares the central chimney and has an entrance flanked by a window on the eave-side front. The date “1811” is scratched into one end of the building, and it may be the work of Hessian carpenter and stonemason George Megers, who defected at Fort Ticonderoga in 1777, moved to Fairfax in 1800, and is credited with many stone dwellings in the area.
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