Especially picturesque, the house built in the 1870s by Samuel Soper Swift is unusual for its Stick-style trusses, brace supports, and diagonal flat strapping. It was home to the artist Gerrit Beneker. To sell bonds in World War I, he painted a robust portrait of Antone “Tony” Avellar, under the motto: “Sure! We’ll finish the job.” In a nice bit of historical symmetry, Avellar himself later lived here. Alpheus Irving Freeman, proprietor of a general store at 491 Commercial, also lived here. In recent years, it was the Three Peaks Bed & Breakfast. Allison Baldwin and Ilene Mitnick of Connecticut purchased it in 2013. The next year, they renovated the rooms in vibrant colors, re-landscaped the grounds (including a major trim of the big hedgerow seen above), and opened the Roux guest house.
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