The house, which had been in the Merrill family for 150 years, dates from about 1790 and the barn was constructed in 1836; the exterior of the latter was restored to its original appearance several decades ago. The property was a year-round residence until the 1920s and then a summer residence from the late 1920s until the 1960s. One of the few structural alterations additions we made to the house was the creation of a large brick and stone dinning terrace on the west side of the house. Much to our surprise, we recently discovered that both Alston and I were both distantly related by different branches to the Merrill family.