Nook Farm Map Location #18
Octavius Jordan, with plenty of advice from Harriet Beecher Stowe, designed a Gothic-Revival villa for the Stowes in the early 1860s. The house stood at the end of a long drive off Hawthorn Street. Stowe remodeled most of her homes, but "Oakholm" was the first house she had built to her specifications. She loved the process. "...my house with eight gables is growing wonderfully and ...I go every day to see it---I am busy with drains sewers sinks digging trenching---." The house may have been wonderful, but it became too expensive to maintain and the Stowes sold it in 1870. It was torn down in 1905.
Nook Farm Map Location #17
Nook Farm Map Location #16
This home was built for Thomas Clap and Mary Beecher Perkins (Stowe's sister) on the south side of Hawthorn Street, across from the home of Mary's sister Isabella Beecher Hooker. Charles Dudley and Susan Warner lived here from 1866-1884. As the family home of Dr. Thomas and feminist Katharine Houghton Hepburn from 1908 to 1917, it was the childhood home of actor Katharine Hepburn.
Nook Farm Map Location #10
This asymmetrical, Second Empire style house built for businessman Charles (1811-?) and Eliza Thayer Smith may have been based on a design by architect Richard Upjohn. Charles and Eliza married in 1855 had one daughter, Frances, and four grandchildren. Charles was a senior partner at Smith, Bourn and Company, manufacturers of harnesses and saddlery. The house still stands on the east side of Forest Street.
Nook Farm Map Location #4
Constructed at the same time and nearly identical to the Stowe House, this neighboring cottage was built by Franklin Chamberlin and sold to Ezra Hall and his wife Frances in 1872. Hall was Chamberlin's law partner. The house stood in what is now the Stowe Center parking lot. It was razed in the 1960s.