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“Foxville”

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1816, 1820, 1821. 5615 VT 14, 0.5 miles south of VT 107

Jacob Fox, who owned a brickyard and a tannery along the White River, built an inn on his land facing the stagecoach road between Royalton village and Bethel, contracting Amasa Dutton Jr. to carry out the work. The two-and-a-half-story brick, Georgian-plan building has an extra bay at its north end to allow for an enlarged tavern room and more guest rooms on the upper floors. Two massive interior chimneys provide four fireplaces on the first and second floors, as well as two kitchen hearths with bake ovens in the basement story that faces the rear. The inn was immediately successful, and in 1820 Fox had Dutton build him a two-and-a-half-story, gable-front brick store on the east side of the road just to the south. It had large multipane shop windows and the recessed wall arches then popular throughout Windsor County. In 1821, Fox moved next door to his store into a brick, side-hall-plan house with an entrance similar to that of the inn and with wall arches over its first-floor front windows. Foxville, as the cluster of brick buildings became known, thrived until Fox's death in 1838. The inn continued until 1850 when the railroad caused its demise, but the store continued in operation until 1918. The inn reopened as the Fox Stand in the late twentieth century and Foxville remains one of the best-preserved early-nineteenth-century rural stagecoach stops in Vermont.

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Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson
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Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson, "“Foxville”", [Royalton, Vermont], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/VT-01-WS3.

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Cover: Buildings of Vermont

Buildings of Vermont, Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 353-353.

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