|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
||The exterior is
clapboard, and the shutters even functional, which is to say
they could be closed and fastened against snow and
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
|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.