LOCATION: 212 Buck Road, Harrison, Maine
It’s not often a property comes along that straddles both history and the future. This 1824 Maine farmhouse and attached barn, along with its fields and woodlands, is ready to be brought into the future. The backstory makes owning this property so much more rewarding.
The year was 1824. Reverend Clement Phinney and his wife, Joanna, moved to Harrison to build their farmhouse. In 1831 they sold this farmhouse to Henry and Ruth Buck, thus making it known as the Buck Farm. Over the years, the Buck’s built a blacksmith shop, wagon shed, ice house, apple house, and hen house. This was a self sustaining farm, and all members worked to provide. The family owned this farmhouse for approximately 186 years. Members of the Buck family went on to become farmers, state Supreme Court Judge, County Judge, lawyer, Army Captain, Army 2nd Lieutenant, and a teacher. The last to live in this house was Madelyn Buck. She was a teacher who had traveled to Venezuela in order to tutor wealthy businessmen’s children. After retiring, she returned to the Buck Farm to care for her ailing parents. She passed away in January 2017.
What remains today, is the 1824 farmhouse along with the newer 1881 barn. Although the buildings need renovating, they are solid. The ridge line is square and the top portion of the chimneys were recently rebuilt. New steel roofing has been installed on both the farmhouse and kitchen. The farmhouse has a split stone foundation and the ground level flooring is supported by split granite 6 x 6 posts standing six feet tall. The beautiful granite front step still has the original wrought iron boot scraper. Upon entering the farmhouse, one can easily visualize the years passed by the small details…. the door knobs, multiple original glass windows, old slat kitchen cabinets, 1916 piano in working order, and much more. The kitchen has hardwood floors, and the rest of the rooms having wide pine boards. Just stepping into the barn makes one desire to know more about the hard working family as well as animals that lived here. The details are amazing - the old latches, rope, pulleys, hardwood hitching posts, empty stalls with cows names carved above, old tools and harnesses, along with carved initials of multiple members of the Buck family.
This farmhouse and barn make a wonderful spot to settle down. The grounds are beautiful. The two fields, grape vines, apple trees, lilac tree, and stonewalls offer a picturesque setting. This farmhouse has history, now it is your turn to add to the pages of its history book. (If you wish to learn more about the history of this farmhouse and family, please take notice of the historic review below.)