56 CLAPBOARD RIDGE - PETITION AGAINST DEMOLITION!
Hobby Horse Farm c. 1840 (56 CLAPBOARD RIDGE RD) ranks among the most remarkable and historic homesites in Greenwich, CT and is SCHEDULED FOR DEMOLITION!
SADLY our beautiful Historical homes in Greenwich, CT are disappearing at a rapid pace.
Hobby Horse Farm, also known as the Benjamin Reynolds house, is an 1840 manor home in the Greek Revival style that was originally built on 150 acres purchased by Benjamin in 1838 from Jared Reynolds, his brother, for $5,000.
Today, the 4.75 acres of Hobby Horse Farm shines, thanks to Lisa and Mark Jennings's complete restoration in 2001 and 2010. The 9000-square-foot, white, three-story house of stone and shingle, with louvered black shutters, stunning crown moldings, original antique wide-plank wood floors, a 1920's 8ft wide fireplace, with a roof topped in slate - old stone walls, perennial gardens, a swimming pool, a trout-stocked lake with a wooden row boat, open fields, a paddock, original post and beams and an actual hitching post all remain in tact and in spectacular shape.
Imagine a home that was built 60 years prior to the automobile? In 1845 the "rules of Baseball" were officially written, 1849 was the beginning of the Gold Rush, 1863 New York was awash in Draft riots, the first telephones were installed in New York in 1848 and as a reminder Hobby Horse Farm has withstood, earthquakes, hurricanes, disease, two World Wars, terrorism and also heard generations of newborn cries, children's laughter, weddings bells, July 4th fireworks and plenty of backyard BBQ's.
HISTORY should not be bulldozed away because someone can afford to do so!!
PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION to help save this HISTORICAL LANDMARK.
GREENWICH TIMES MAGAZINE TRIES TO SAVE CLAPBOARD: http://www.greenwichtime.com/news/article/Can-historic-Greenwich-home-be-saved-6762513.php?cmpid=email-mobile
Lastly, please read a wonderful article about BENJAMIN REYNOLDS and the CLAPBOARD RIDGE, HOBBY HORSE FARM history.