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House For Sale: In The Shadow of Mount Monadnock

House For Sale: In The Shadow of Mount Monadnock
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And perhaps it goes without saying that every detail of this property–whether it was the roof, the siding, the wiring, the heat, the septic and alarm systems–at one time or another received his full attention. And today that shows. There’s nothing on this property that needs doing currently. At one point, Richard even installed new windows throughout the barn.

Of course, all families, sooner or later, experience tragedy. In 2001, Ruth passed away, and with the girls married by then and on their own, Richard was alone, filling this sad time with projects and community activities. In 2005, he decided to attend his 55th high-school reunion in Holden. It was a good decision. On the first day, he met a classmate who introduced herself as Alice. They didn’t remember each other, but they had an enjoyable conversation. Both had recently lost their spouses. A dinner followed–and then, eventually, they married.

Alice loved Dublin and the historic Learned House. And yet after several years, the couple found they were traveling more and enjoying some of the cold winter months in warmer places. So when a condominium in neighboring Peterborough became available, they decided to acquire it and, yes, sell Richard’s historic property to a family who’d once again have parties in the hayloft, skate on the farm pond, and surely put horses back into those stalls in the barn.

“No doubt you’ll really miss this place,” we said to Richard at the end of our visit. “I miss it already,” he said. “We had some wonderful years here.” And then, after a pause, “But it’s time.”

And so it is with everyone, we thought as we drove back to the village. At some point, “it’s time.” But not for the old Learned House up there in those open fields and meadows overlooking Mount Monadnock and distant Massachusetts, some 40 miles away. It’s ready–in perfect shape, in fact–to begin another 240 years. But with whom?

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2 Responses to House For Sale: In The Shadow of Mount Monadnock

  1. Joseph Wilson September 2, 2010 at 2:00 pm #

    Thanks for this article. As one of Deacon Benjamin Learned’s great times seven grandchildren, it is wonderful to see this beautiful place so lovingly cared for. I and others who just attended a Learned Family reunion of those in the Deacon’s direct line hope to see this grand old place personally in times to come.

  2. Janet Langlois September 10, 2010 at 10:07 am #

    I, too, am a decendent of Deacon Benjamin Learned, through his son Moses. Loved seeing the house, and would love to be in touch with Joseph Wilson who commented above and hear more about the Learned Family reunion

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