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Friday, April 13, 2007

New Vineyard House Not So Old

The Sun Journal reports that an "early 1700s farmhouse" in New Vineyard was destroyed by fire Wednesday morning.
The home, which was insured, was built around 1728. There is a brick in the chimney with a date engraved on it, Martin [Lane] said. [Link]
The house may have been old, but not that old: New Vineyard wasn't settled until the late 1700s.
New Vineyard township was purchased from Massachusetts by an association of persons belonging in Martha's Vineyard, Mass., together with Jonathan Knowlton of Farmington, who acted as their agent; hence the plantation took the name, "New Vineyard," from the first. Daniel Collins and Abner Norton, having previously commenced improvements, moved in with their families in 1791, thus becoming the first settlers. [George J. Varney, A Gazetteer of the State of Maine (1886), p. 393]

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