"The Paw House" was built in 1786 by Elijah Smith, the Grandson of Captain John
Smith. Through the years the owners of this magnificent farmhouse have maintained
much of the original treasures while adding beautiful and special touches of their
Among the original, special features of the home are its high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling
windows, wide planked hardwood floors, and classic crown molding. The interior
walls of the living room are the original, exterior barn boards of the Elijah
Smith home. Views from the living room, sitting room and second floor hallway
expand into all directions and present breathtaking views of mountains, valleys,
and New England countryside.
During the time of Elijah Smith, builders utilized marble (which was plentiful
in the area) for the foundations of their homes. The Elijah Smith home currently
rests on the original marble slab that was excavated back in 1700's.
The entryway of the home features a grand old oak staircase that leads to the
Good Dog! room, Bad Dog! room, and Shakespeare's Retreat. Adorning the walls of
the entryway is an Americana motif that Jen has grown to love. (She wasn't too
crazy about it at first.)
Classic fixtures, lamps, and accoutrements are presented throughout the home.
Given the nature of our clientele (i.e. the four legged kinds that like to wag
tails and lift legs), we've avoided the temptation to add too many plants and
The yard offers many treasures as well. 200+ year old lilac bushes surround an
outdoor sitting area that overlooks the best darn sledding hill in all of New
England. In the spring and summer, we will have a field of wild flowers on one
side of the house and an organic vegetable garden on the other. (Fenced in, of
course.) The tree-line, which represents the boundary of our property, explodes
with color in September and October. A running river some 100 yards away can be
heard on quiet nights. And, for the dogs we have an open field to run and play
that will be converted to an agility course in the spring and summer.
We've tried to represent some of the beauty of this home with our photos. But,
as we hope you will see personally, pictures really cannot do justice to the real
We look forward to your visit! Please call us soon!