Vernacular Vermont Farmstead

This vernacular farmstead in Lunenburg, Vermont has a touch of the Queen Anne style in the turned posts and balusters and scroll-cut brackets of its front porch.

As documented in Thomas Hubka’s wonderful book, “Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England,” this connected farmstead form is found in a northern New England, where it evolved in the second half of the 19th century as farmers in the region attempted to improve efficiency to compete with the growing agriculture of the mid-west.

Regional house types are significant and worthy of preservation as they collectively give the region a distinct character. If enough of them are lost to demolition, neglect, or dramatic alteration, the whole region loses one of the things that sets it apart. As communities become more homogenized by identical commercial chain buildings and cookie cutter houses, the character endowed by their historic buildings becomes more important.

Identifying how a house has changed over time is important when planning a restoration/rehabilitation and is explored in depth in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

The 720 page award-winning and best-selling hardcover book is now available in bookstores nationwide and from online retailers.

Signed and personalized copies are only available in our shop, https://yourhistorichouse.com/shop/.

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