Emma and the Williams farm at Bloomfield, 9 of 12

The original brick house (marked by the dotted line) was expanded about 1864. Sketch by Helen Williams
The original brick house (marked by the dotted line) was expanded about 1864. Sketch by Helen Williams

About 1864 the family moved across the road to the brick shop so that a major addition could be added to their house. “With timber from their own woods and lumber from their own mill, according to plans made largely by themselves, Caleb and John tore down part of the old house and in front of the brick section built a most comfortable home provided with twelve rooms, a pantry and wash room, a spacious wood-house including an old-fashioned brick oven and smoke house, over which was a roomy storeroom. Spacious frost-repellant collars, a well and cistern completed the arrangements. A fine fireplace in the living room added cheer to heating provided by stoves connected with four double chimneys.”* (I can’t imagine how much wood a family would burn to keep a house with twelve rooms semi-warm!)

“The building of the new Williams home coincided with an era of prosperity in Prince Edward County…when brick houses were built in town and country which are solid and fine to this day!”*

*Taken from Merton Williams’s Samuel Williams Jemima Platt Family.

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