First stop was the ancestral farm home of Kate Townsend and her parents, David and Maria Townsend. Kate was Shirley's mother's mother. My granddaughter Katie is named after her. Unfortunately, in about 2003, someone tore down the Townsend farmhouse and built sort of a modernized replica. There are some remnants of the original outbuildings still there but not a lot. But the present owner was very welcoming and showed us around. Amazingly, we learned that he has a connection with friends in River Singers and plans to move to Vt this summer and wants to join RS this fall! Small world!
Here is the house as it used to look and now:
The original Townsend farmhouse
The previous generation, David Townsend's father, Jonathan, also built a home in Harrisville, which eventually belonged to artist George deForest Brush and is on the National Registry. We went by there too:
The Jonathan Townsend Farm
So that was all pretty interesting family history. Then we walked around Harrisville village, had lunch at the store, and went to the woolens mill. A great time!
Harrisville Public Library
The Community Church
One of many old mill buildings
Home of Harrisville Design store and weaving school.
Looms in the weaving classroom
From the window of the "loom room"