Built in 1798, the house is an Adam style Federal containing many of its original features. Exterior clapboards, shutters, windows (most), palladian window, fan light and ornamentation are original. Interior details include floorboards, mantels, millwork, butlers pantry and staircase. Federal attributes which have been covered or removed over the years are being replaced including original paint colors, period wallpaper and faux marbeling and graining.
The Dater family lived in the house for about 100 years. Philip Dater served in the war of 1812, as designated by the New York State Historical marker. In the 20th century, the house was home to many families. Some for a short period, others for decades. Scott and Cindy Johnson purchased the home in 1997 and are still in the process of restoring the home.
Yearning to stay home with my children, I opened the shop in 1999 in two small rooms in the original summer kitchen eleven months after the birth of my first. In 2003, we built a barn and then converted the 3rd room of the summer kitchen into gallery space.
Open year round, the shop is heated in the colder months by a cozy pellet stove. Always a wise idea to call ahead, we are happy to open at our customer's convenience. We buy and sell year round, exhibit at numerous shows and also hold estate sales.