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The Farm at Morrison Corner appears in town land books in the late 1700's, as part of a property owned by no less a personage than Ira Allen himself.

But the Farm as we know it today didn't take shape until the 1830's. In the 1950's, with a song in her heart, and a party to celebrate, my grandmother sold off the last of the stock, tore down the barn, and recycled the boards into kitchen cabinets. I'm quite sure she wouldn't approve chickens, sheep, or, perish the thought... a cow. But the best she can do is haunt us from the graveyard by the woods.

Rolling back time is a tricky operation. When the original barn went up, at best it cost a few hundred dollars and was made with boards milled from our own trees. A barn today would have to meet USDA requirements if we wanted to sell milk or cheese to the public... and run a minimum of $17,000-$20,000 for a small barn... without equipment! There is an old joke about the Vermont farmer who won the lottery. "What are you going to do now?" the reporter asked. "Keep farming until its gone, I guess," he replied.

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