A truck moves hay down West Main St (Rt. 2) towards the barn. This photo was taken before imminent domain bisected the farm for the development of Interstate 89.
Although many renovations have been made, the farmhouse retains its original character today. Pictured in this photo is the original barn, which burned to the ground in April 1915.
Another shot of Rt. 2, before the Interstate was constructed
An old shot of the barnyard.
Before tractors, oxen supplied the strength for many farm tasks. Pictured: Leverette Conant
Hay was once stored in the loft of the barn.
A team of horses, ready to work on a snowy day.
A parade float lines up in front of the farm as part of a local celebration.
The Winooski River damaged the "Checkered House Bridge" on Rt. 2 during the historic flood of 1927.
In April of 1915, the big barn burned to the ground - the result of some mischievous children, playing with matches. Leverette Conant was determined to rebuild. He hired a large team of local men to help with the reconstruction. They brought in a portable sawmill and milled logs on site.
The barn reconstruction team, milling boards.
The barn rebuilding effort in-progress.
Progress towards reconstruction!
The men worked swiftly from April until August to rebuild the barn under Leverette's leadership. Myrtle managed the kitchen, cooking for dozens each day as they worked.
The barn is framed
The barn burned to the ground in April, and by August, it was rebuilt. Record time!
Here, a worker stands victoriously atop the cupola - brave, but not wise!
Cutting wood with a drag saw
Horses dashing through a snowy winter day in 1919
A view of the "Checkered House" - known today as the Kitchen Table restuarant.
More damage from the flood of 1927. The farmhouse is narrowly spared!
During the Great Depression, Myrtle Conant hosted guests at the farm during the summer, to help make ends meet. This is one of the postcards guests could send back home to tell their friends about their summer in the country.
When the U.S. Calvary was stationed at Fort Ethan Allen, mounted troops often passed by the farm.
Another view of the soldiers en route north
Ransom and Willard show off their cows
Leverette and Myrtle's kids: Ginny, Connie, Ranny, June, and Bill.
The second Ransom Conant, shown here in the 1960's, was well known for his large stature and kind ways.