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The Kingsbury Place

This is a grand cellar hole today with nicely cut granite in its walls. It sits on a hill overlooking and just south of Otter Brook. James Clark was likely the first to build on this site in 1787. The first settler was actually Henry Bemis who built a log cabin at A-2-1. Clark was succeeded by Solomon Kingsbury in 1800 purchasing 136 acres with a dwelling house and barn. Kingsbury was important in the early affairs of Packersfield and was one of the leaders of the effort to create the town of Roxbury from pieces of Packersfield, Marlborough and Keene in 1812.

He died November 28, 1845 at the age of 74 and was succeeded on the place by his son, Seth Kingsbury. It passed to his son, Eldridge, who lived in Keene but rented the farm. It fell into disuse in the early 20th century.