The two-story, wood-frame hotel that Jedediah Stark built on the Massachusetts-Vermont state line dates from the time the upper Green River Valley reached peak settlement. Its relative sophistication on the stagecoach road between Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, and Jacksonville is evident in the striking entrance frontispiece, a broad arched fan set in a fluted “rainbow” surround. The nearest Vermont peers to this frontispiece are on the Federal houses in Bennington and Shaftsbury. The inn was successful enough that around 1840, J. L. Stark added a “half-house” to one end of the original central-hall plan to increase its capacity. He also built a three-story, gable-front livery barn set back and attached to it, with additional rooms above. Stark's son Jedediah D. Stark ran the inn as the town's poor farm after the Civil War, while also raising Southdown sheep and bees and orcharding apples on his farm of three hundred acres. A former tobacco barn just north of the livery is a reminder that the leaf tobacco of the Connecticut River Valley also reached this inland locale. Now a private residence, Stateline House is one of Vermont's finest remaining rural stagecoach hotels, and one with a rare remaining livery barn. It is also an example of the once-numerous town poor farms.
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