Russell-Colbath Homestead, Conway

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The Russell/Colbath House is a historic house on the Kancamagus Highway in Albany, New Hampshire. It is located in the White Mountain National Forest, and is operated as a museum by the United States Forest Service. Built about 1831, it is the only surviving early homestead in the Swift River valley. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.
The Russell-Colbath House stands on the north side of the Kancamagus Highway, between the Jigger Johnson Campground and Oliverian Brook Road. It is a 1-1/2 story wood frame structure, with a gable roof, central chimney, and clapboarded exterior. It has a symmetrical five-bay facade, with a center entrance flanked by sidelight windows and pilasters, and topped by a simple peaked entablature. The interior follows a center-chimney plan, with a small entrance vestibule, parlor spaces flanking the chimney, and a bedroom behind the chimney. A narrow space in the northeast corner includes both a kitchen space and stairs to bedrooms in the upper level.
The house was built in 1831-32 by Thomas and Amzi Russell, and is the only surviving 19th-century homestead in the Swift River valley. The Russells were among the early permanent settlers, arriving in the 1820s (failed settlements took place in 1805 and 1815). The Russell operated a sawmill on Oliverian Brook, and were part of a small farming and logging community in the immediate area, which constituted the best farmland in the valley. The house was owned by Russell descendants until 1930, after which it was used for a time as a summer residence. It was acquired by the Forest Service in 1961, which uses it as a museum and information center.
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  • I stopped at the home during a fall foliage drive of the Kancamangus Highway. The home is impeccably preserved. Take a minute and stop to appreciate this home. You will be glad you did.  more »
  • We almost didn’t stop here but we’re so glad we did. The home was open to visitors and a delightful guide was inside, demonstrating the brick oven in the kitchen and telling us the story about the cou...  more »
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  • Fun experience. The young redhead running the exhibit was so friendly and outgoing. She provided answers to all our questions. The house was charming and full of interesting items from the 1800's. The grounds were beautiful. Lots of thistle and hops provided beautiful pictures on the front of the house.
  • A nice stop on road, a chance to get a sense of how life used to be like in this area back in the 19th century. Gives a nice context to the rest of the visit to the White Mountains. The staff is really nice and friendly.

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