About 1890, Howard J. Miller took over this prime two-hundred-and-fifty-acre sheep farm that his parents, Richard and Martha Miller, had developed on the north bank of the Ottauquechee River. Like many inheritor farmers, he remodeled old buildings and built new ones to compete in new markets. He adapted for dairying and introduced more diversified breeding of sheep, hogs, and cattle. On the rising slope of “Miller Hill” behind the farmhouse, he constructed a large bank barn, with a gable-end covered bridge into the haymow, and attached an earlier English barn as an ell for his wagons and other equipment. Next to the road Howard built a two-story carriage barn, with a cupola on its gable roof to match the larger one atop the bank barn. Finally, he remodeled the old wood-frame, Georgian-plan farmhouse, adding two projecting, two-story gabled bays onto the front, with an entrance porch between them and a porch on the wing to one side. Though the complex was updated for late-twentieth-century dairying with a free-stall dairy barn at its south end, Howard's efforts are still evident in this strikingly well-preserved prosperous late-nineteenth-century farmstead.
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