The Justin Smith Morrill Homestead is the historic Carpenter Gothic home of United States Senator Justin Smith Morrill (1810–98) in Strafford, Vermont, and was one of the first declared National Historic Landmarks, in 1960. It is located at 214 Justin Morrill Highway, south of the village green of Strafford. The homestead is a Vermont State Historic Site owned by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, a state agency, and is open for tours from May to October.With our online itinerary creator, Strafford attractions like Morrill Homestead can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
The Morrill Homestead is set on 3acre of land on the east side of Justin Morrill Memorial Highway, just south of the village green and the heart of Strafford Village. The property includes, in addition to the main house, several barns and sheds as outbuildings, and is set off from the road by a flush-boarded fence with granite posts, all painted a reddish color.
The main house is a rambling 1-1/2 story wood frame structure, set on a brick foundation. The walls are finished in flushboarding, and it has a steeply-pitched slate roof. Portions of the roof are decorated with vergeboard, finials, and crenellated parapets. The interior features elaborate mahogany woodwork, and is predominantly Gothic Revival in character (matching the building's exterior), although the main parlor is more Greek Revival in character. Original furnishings and Morrill family possessions remain in the house, from the furniture to linens and kitchen implements. The interior walls have seen only minimal alterations, which have generally been limited to maintenance such as new coats of paint. Exterior alterations are similarly modest, including the replacement of rotted trim elements with matching materials.
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We learned about this statesman at the last minute and decided to visit his homestead in Strafford. He is NOT related to Joseph Smith, whose birthplace is nearby. Emily was our docent and she was...
We learned about this statesman at the last minute and decided to visit his homestead in Strafford. He is NOT related to Joseph Smith, whose birthplace is nearby. Emily was our docent and she was... more »
Was the only visitor when I arrived so John gave me personalized tour once I went through the next door library and the carriage barn onsite. John gave me access to a few areas not normally shown...
Was the only visitor when I arrived so John gave me personalized tour once I went through the next door library and the carriage barn onsite. John gave me access to a few areas not normally shown... more »
Great place for a picnic. Tours of the homestead are very educational.
Excellent spontaneous tour with rich history and ascetically historic pieces.
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