I would like to introduce you to Manchester-Farms and my ancestors. I am Dante, the 6th Great Grandson of Isaac and Phebe Manchester, The founders of this farm.
It has been 220 + years since my Great Grandparents moved with their first 5 out of 12 children from Newport, Rhode Island to this farm. Isaac and Phebe bought this tract of land from Captain Samuel Teter in 1797.
This is a photo of Isaac & Phebe’s great granddaughters that grew up on the farm.
Isaac began building a three story brick colonial home about 1810 and completed it in 1815. It was patterned after the finest homes in Newport, Rhode Island. All the bricks were made of clay, dug and baked on this farm. The timber was cut and cured here too. The home is complete with kitchen in the basement to a widow’s walk on the roof.
There are 8 historic outbuildings. These include the sheep barn, still house (which was built by Capt. Teter in 1773), spring house, carriage house, seed house, tool house (built 1800), wood shed and hay/bank barn (built 1803). We also have the family crypt on the property. The spring house is a two story building. On the lower level of the building, just to the right of the door is a wheel which was activated by a dog to churn the butter.
As you enter the spring house there is a large hearth, cooking equipment, a large cheese press and a stone watering trough, with the inscription B. Manchester AD 1818 (Benjamin Manchester was the oldest son of Isaac and my 5th Great Grandfather). He chiseled the trough during that winter while mending a broken leg.
This farm has always remained in my family and we are continuing to farm the land, as Isaac & Phebe did.
J.B. Wilson, Jenny Manchester’s Husband with Carriage and Manchester Girls