Don M wrote:My parents had a beautiful 100 acre farm in upstate NY. When they sold it no one wanted the acerage so it sold with 10 acres. It was a early 1800s white clapboard Federal farmhouse that had a big farmer's porch across 2/3s of the front of the house. It had a beautiful front door with a fan light & side lites over & on either sid of the door. It had original 6 panel doors, fine chair rails, a cherry newel post, wide board floors & 4 fireplaces. I visited a few years after the parents sold it & the new owners had installed wall to wall carpet, paneled the dining room with pine paneling, installed hollow core doors in place of the originals . My sisters & I drove by the place a couple of years ago & they had torn off the nice front porch . The remaining property is overgrown, the big dairy barn is unused. The two car garage is gone as well as the outhouse & chicken house. The big open hay, corn & oat fields the original farmers had cleared with back breaking work & no one wanted have reverted of new growth forest. Mom always said she never wanted to go back to homes she & Dad had owned for all the reasons cited above.
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