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A home with history
2 Barnes and guests
Barry Barnes, at left, welcomes Texas transplants Cecilia and Rick Murphy to the open house. The Murphys conveyed their thanks to the family for the preservation of the home, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Magness – Oakham home was built as a private residence, used as a rest stop for travelers, served as a community farm and home for the poor, survived the Civil War, and placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The home is thought to be built in 1835 by prominent citizen William Black, constructed in the Federal style, and remodeled in the Greek Revival fashion in the 1850s. It was built across from the historic Birthing Tree, and named Oakham for the large oak trees on the property consisting of hundreds of acres.