A Jericho Family Reclaims Its Ancestral Farmhouse — Seven Days

Vermont Folk Troth

Most 19th-century homes have changed hands many times over the years; once an estate is out of the family, the descendants rarely have a chance to reclaim their erstwhile property. Yet a Jericho brood recently did just that, buying a stout farmhouse that their ancestors occupied from the 1870s to the early 2000s. And they couldn’t be happier about it.

“Everything you can see … was once part of the Fay Farm,” said Erik Johnson, 46, gazing at the verdant view from his front yard. He was referring to the land within a one-square-mile radius of 254 Barber Farm Road. Today, its acreage is a fraction of the original lot, extending just a short way around the house and adjacent barns. Since the Johnsons aren’t farmers, that suits them fine.

The house was built almost entirely of wood cut on the Fay property. In 1976, when the rest of the…

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