In 1950 the farmhouse's style could be called "New England Connected."  Houses were evolutionary, the original house expanded upon as the family's needs changed.  Here, to the far left we see the woodshed and indoor privy, and the  roofline of the kitchen (bedroom upstairs) with an attached porch.  This was, in fact, the "main" house, or original farmhouse.  Only after the family gained some prosperity (and children) was the larger body of the house with the dormer for the bedrooms (unheated) and sitting parlor (largely unused!) added.
The exterior is clapboard, and the shutters even functional, which is to say they could be closed and fastened against snow and storm.  The windows are, of course, single pane, so the shutters served to preserve some heat, and to protect the expensive glass from damage.  The landscape is hilly to say the least, and that hasn't changed..  Children still use the same big tea tray to slide from the front door, down these bumps to a hedgerow below the picture.
By 1956 The entire left side of the house had been removed, and part of it recycled into the extension on the left.  The central chimney and woodstove were removed, replace by that modern miracle: the oil furnace and ductwork.  A massive stone fireplace was added, largely for esthetics, although it was built to throw some heat into the house. 
Notice how incredibly open the view is in 1956.  The Morrisons would make one other major change to the farm's infrastructure.  They would tear down the barn, and build a garage instead.  Tearing down the barn would end the seasonal haying of the fields.  Fences would sag, then vanish, since they no longer needed to be maintained.  Where once good hay grew, fertilized by the farm's stock, now scrub would take hold.
Actually, the Farm at Morrison Corner was one of countless farms throughout Vermont to go out of the farming business.  This picture of Stowe, from 1950, shows the new tree growth which will gradually grow to envelop the town. The white church spire in the middle of the picture is the Congregationalist Church.

Stowe, which has been entertaining tourists since 1840 has undergone immense changes since the 1930's.  The post war expansion of the ski and tourism industry brought both employment and development.  Opportunity, in its headlong rush, drove new foundations into the fields, and between the hedgerows, of forgotten hill farms.  Today, the same people who fueled this growth now worry about the size and scope of continued growth.

Up here on the farm, we're worried about a different kind of growth.  Someone once pointed out to my great uncle, a man firmly stuck in his ways, that you can't turn back time.  "Yes, damnit" he replied "and sometimes, you can't even slow it down!"  We're doing our part to prove him wrong.  Suzanne will take you through the 1950's, or come see the farm today.