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formerly the Samuel Adams Farm

Our earlier article about this property ended with the owners leaving the property and the town taking ownership sometime after 1814. The course of ownership is not known until 1904, when William S. Hall bought the old Samuel Adams Farm from Wilmer Tolman.  The old Adams home was certainly gone when Hall built a home on the old cellar hole. There might have been a few roses or lilies left to remind us of the people who’d lived there. The new place was designed by Hall’s friend and relative, Fredrick Law Olmsted Jr., son of the famous architect of Central Park in New York.

Sarah Sharples Olmsted (wife of Frederick) and the Sharples family inherited the place when their batchelor cousin, Hall, died in 1937 and they sold it to Newt and Janet Tolman when Olmsted retired to California in 1950. It was sold to William Rainor in the 1980’s.