One of the oldest farmhouses still standing on the outskirts of downtown Middlebury has been purchased by Stepping Stone Investment owned by Darcy Stone and Todd Stone also associated with G. Stone Motors of Middlebury. The Stones purchased the circa 1840s house last year. The former farmhouse, now a rental property, is located on the east side of Route 7 South just south of the A&W Drive In.
The brother and sister investment team recently cleared trees and brush around the property prompting some neighbors to wonder if the building was going to be razed. The current tenants of the rental house have been asked to relocate by the Stones.
After the tenants vacate the site in late August or early September, the Stones will decide the fate of the structure.
According to Darcy Stone, the future of the two-story antebellum house has yet to be determined; however, she said it may have salvage value.
We may piece it out, she said. Were just not sure about it.
The structure has a large Vermont slate roof and dual-brick chimneys reminiscent of Virginia-style architecture of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
Darcy Stone said the house may have post-and-beam construction elements that are also of salvage value. She also said the property is not listed as an historic structure.
Several vintage Vermont farmhouses, located along the Route 7 South corridor, have been demolished in recent years.
For example: A 19th century farmstead that was located at the TAM parking area, located across the highway from Shea Motors, and an 18th-century house that stood at the site of Martins Hardware, were both demolished in recent years.