History continued

 

       Roughly around this same time, the present day farmhouse was built, along with the main barn, allowing the house on the hill to become a 'summer' house. The original barn was abandoned in favor of the larger barn, which was recently highlighted in the book Preserving Old Barns by John Foster and Franklin Gilman (2001) as a fine example of a 'bank' barn. Joe Fobes Sr's son, also named Joe, took over the farm from his father and created the first covenant in the state with the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. This agreement declared that the farm was never to be subdivided and it would remain a 'working' farm. This was Joe Fobes' way of resisting development and the loss of farm land long after he was gone.

 

In 1978, Fobes sold the property to Chester Martin, along with the covenant which remains in perpetuity. Four years later, Richard and Letitia Burwell purchased the 'summer' house with 3 acres on the hill from Martin. The surrounding farm land remained in Martin's possession until 1985, when the Burwells purchased the remaining 368 acres. From then until about 2011, the Burwells acquired several adjacent pieces of land, increasing the acreage to almost 600 acres.

 

It remains a working farm, with Mandy and Gene Young (their daughter and son-in-law) maintaining the covenant and reclaiming the work of those before them. The Youngs were married here in 2000 and have, since then, hosted weddings. It is their desire to share this beautiful and unique spot with others wishing a special location for their momentous occasion.

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260 Fobes Road, Franconia, NH 03580, USA